I currently work as a "cook" for a catering company.
I use the quotes because I haven't been to culinary school and there isn't a whole lot of real cooking involved in the job--mostly heating stuff up, assembling hors d'oeuvres, finishing and plating pre-cooked food at event sites. But I get to wear a chef's coat and checked pants and pretend that I know what I'm doing.
I can't tell you how much I love this.
So, I need to get a decent knife roll starter kit. Most of the other cooks at work got their kits at school, and as a non-student, I'm having trouble finding what I need. I'd rather not buy a kit off the internet because I know how important it is to try out knives before you buy them--but I'm willing to do it if there's no other option.
I don't want to spend a fortune, but I don't want to buy junk, either. (I used to take my Wusthoff Grand Prix 7" Santoku to job sites, but I lost it
...so I bought a cheap stamped "made in China" Sabatier for ten bucks to use til I get a kit that's decent but won't make me feel suicidal if it gets lost or stolen.)
Any professional chefs here know a good source for this? Is it best to go to restaurant supply stores? Or better to buy online? (I'm in the Los Angeles area, and if anyone can recommend a good brick-and-mortar source in the southland, I'd be much obliged.)
I did find an 8-pocket knife roll kit that included 3 Sabatier "Grand Chef" knives (4" paring, 5" boning, and 10" chefs) and a steel on sale for $149.95 at cutleryandmore.com. Seems like a good deal, no? I'm thinking this might be the way to go, even though I haven't tried these knives.