Do not mock the humble spoon as it is one of THE MOST powerful and important tools in a chef's arsenal, care to find out why...
Ok it's a short and fun one but still, there is and important message here. Imagine if, for those who might be more of an office dweller than a line king (shout out to the Deuxave crew), you arrive at work and your chair isn't there because somebody borrowed it, or if someone had carelessly left your pens at the water cooler while having a chat with a friend after using them, or if...well hopefully you get it! Small things can make big differences to the way you go about your day and for us a spoon can be that difference. I won't go on to pretend like it's the be all or end all of one's day as I'm sure we're all aware that chairs can be replaced (as can pens and spoons for that matter) but suffice to say that sometimes you just need that one small piece of kit you've relied on time and time again.
For me it's what I call my “slotted spoon”. Powerful in it's ability to fish out vegetables from a simmering poaching liquid or maybe even a delicious veal cheek from it's unctuous braising liquor, but it also seems to lend itself to other uses too. The old “drog and drag” is a technique that even some of the more “qualified” spoons can struggle to master. The ability to open a beer bottle at the end of the night makes this low-cost Walmart special and absolute must for me!
A loves his rocher (or quenelle) spoon. Having a spoon with a deep, rounded trough make it ideal for forming the most perfectly-shaped rochers. Density is important because when forming these beautiful shapes, a dip in a bath of hot water means that the sorbet or ice-cream in question will melt ever so slightly so as to form a nice clean & smooth surface with sharp heads and tails. I'll try and convince him to do a video about it!
I've tried my hardest to be protective of my spoons and in order to do this you really do have to be a bit of a d**k sometimes, but I don't mind. I've had the same spoons for years now and they all live in a metal spoon bain which is perfect for placing on flat tops or induction burners to warm the water and keep it safe to work with. A spoon is for life, not just for your first day on the job, remember that! We're trying to see what spoons different Chefs use by using the hashtag “#chefsandspoons” , so if you're reading this and are a chef or even know a chef who should be reading this tag them, share this article, and hopefully they'll appear in the slideshow below! R.