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Where/how do you accumulate spoons?

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I've recently started working in fine dining for the first time in my checkered career. Previous to this I've spent 5+ years working in more rustic kind of restaurants. In these places, tongs were the end all-be all utensil. Needless to say, it's a little weird going from tongs welded in right hand/side towel in left to working exclusively with spoons/fish spat's.

My main question is where do you guys score your plating/saucing spoons and what do you look for? Perhaps more importantly, I need a great spoon for quenelling Ice cream. I can make perfect quenelles with the right spoon but I struggle if I don't have a nice, deep, lengthy spoon. I usually borrow the sous-chefs quenelle spoon but he isn't always there. I'd also feel better about having my own gear. So what/where should I look at? Thanks.
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I agree that quenelling ice cream needs just the right shaped spoon.  I like one with a nice bowl and a slightly elongated tip.  I have bought many spoons at Good Will for 10 cents each, just for general purposes, but my favorite quenelle spoon I actually bought at World Market.

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The "industry standard"   (ie very good but overpriced)   is the gray kunz sauce spoon, and the smaller version is very good as well.

 

http://www.jbprince.com/utensils/sauce-spoon-original.asp

 

 

http://www.jbprince.com/utensils/sauce-spoon-small.asp

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For quenelles, espeshlly icecream quenelles, I like to use thick, solid, heavy king spoons that are either plated in silver, or solid silver.  Silver holds heat long enough for you to shape the icecream and is nonreactive with foods and could use it with cavair and such.  They make smaller than tea spoons out of silver for making quenelles.    I spent half an hour looking for this stuff on the French pages and the cheapest king spoon set I could find was 80 euros, the only caviar spoon I found was that was not mother of pearl (never seen mother of pearl spoons shaped for qunelles) was 310 euros!  Sauce spoons are not too hard to find, can even use mini ladels.  IMO just about any spoon that's around can work for saucing / decorating a plate.

 

http://www.everythingkitchens.com/rsvp-mini-ladle-set-m-ladl.html

 

The links Twyst posted are probably your best bet for a heavy king spoon, unless / untill you get lucky at the thrift shops.

 

:-)

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