Sorry I am late to this thread. But for sturdy well made utensils, I vote for the HD ones made by Dexter Russell for the restaurant trade.
See the one on the right? These are available in much longer sizes and they are solid like a rock. You might need two though.
I find these forks handy also. They come in sizes from 12 inch up to 22" or so. They are heavy heavy forged steel. You can't beat um with a stick!