In the restaurant world, value is paramount – but experienced chefs know that culinary value can be found in many unexpected places.
As a vanguard of culinary experts continues to push the boundaries of the food world, we're finding that technique and understanding of ingredients is critically important for competing in today's restaurant business.
That means going beyond the traditional menu, the traditional tools and the traditional mindset that’s foundational to the restaurant work that we've seen over the past couple of decades.
For example, wood-fired oven pizza is still an attractive option, but it may not be enough anymore to support your entire franchise. You may have to also go into using brand-new exotic ingredients like quail eggs or eel meat or something like that.
Now let's talk about cheese.
The traditional way was just to sprinkle or shred cheese on to everything. Sandwiches, salads and everything else gets a bump by listing a particular variety of cheese in the menu option that diners read.
Here's the thing, though – cheese is radically different when it's melted, as opposed to when it's just sitting there on the plate.
Chefs know this intuitively – if you've tasted a cold wedge of cheddar next to a sizzling, browned, soft-textured piece of melted cheddar, you know the difference. The same holds true for all of those other common cheeses we use in the kitchen every day – from feta and queso blanco to provolone, gouda and all the rest.
What's one of the simplest ways to create exquisite melted cheese on a dish?
No, it's not the microwave.
The JB Chef Torch is an agile cooking tool that heats up ingredients in seconds.
Properly wielded, this relatively inexpensive hand tool enables chefs to become masters in the kitchen. When it's time to get food out the door on a strict timeline, searing or scorching food surgically with this torch can save precious minutes, while offering the precision that you need to give people a salad with perfectly melted cheese, but no scorched romaine.
That's just a little bit of what the JB Chef Torch can do: read more on our blog or visit other parts of our website to see how this is catching on in the restaurant world. Smart cooks are turning to new innovations to get their restaurant game competitive – and the torch is an excellent example. By saving time in prep, and creating the kinds of special presentations that add value, these tools help to make culinary work easier and extend the chef’s capabilities for every plate. Talk to us about how to get these handy items into your own kitchen and into your chef’s hands.