I just graduated from culinary school and got a job as a pastry cook in a fine dining restaurant. I want to replace the 8" chefs knife from my school kit, and I'm looking for recommendations.
Some of the line cooks recommended Shun, but I'm left-handed and it seems impossible to find the reverse grip knives.
I don't have any bias or prejudice when it comes to materials, aesthetic, or country of origin. I want a knife that I can easily keep sharp for cutting soft fruits and mousse cakes and the like. I'm not super confident in my knife handling or sharpening skills yet, so something that won't get chipped or damaged easily is preferred. I'm female and have small/medium hands.
I'm also looking at a 4" utility-type knife. My coworker has a Mac knife that he let me borrow, and it seemed acceptable.
I won't say price is no object. I'm really more comfortable in the under-$200 range, but I'm willing to spend more for the knife that sharpens itself and never cuts human flesh. ;)
Thanks for your assistance!