We had the good fortune of connecting with Craig Field and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Craig, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Before we started out business we knew we wanted to only carry products we truly believed in and would use ourselves. We have strong relationships with all of the craftsmen we carry in store and believe that helps with sharing their story. We frequently visit Japan to spend time with the craftsmen and better understand their processes and ideals. Not only believing in the product but being able to educate people all around the world about the craftsmans vision is a huge factor of our success. When people come in to buy a knife, we want them to feel like they are receiving the same experience as if they were buying it directly from the makers hands.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We both were formally trained chefs who worked in kitchens for over a decade. Working in kitchens was always a rush, fire and knives right? Kitchens also come with stress and daily deadlines that somedays can seem unachievable. I think working in kitchens, or just restaurants in general, makes you a more well rounded and tough worker. Of course it was hard but I wouldn’t have changed one moment for the world. Maybe we will be back someday 🙂 Our store always keeps in mind the skills and experiences we learned working in professional kitchens. We are a chef driven and chef focused kitchenware store stocking all of the same products we used to use on a daily basis on the job. The highest quality Japanese kitchen knives is our primary focus at the shop and its what we loved using in restaurants. Sharper, more accurate tools that we feel takes your food to the next level.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
On our days off we are always looking for a new place to try. I think Denver has an extremely rich Latino food community. We are constantly searching South Federal/ Lakewood for a new restaurant or food truck to try.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We have so much gratitude not for one individual, but for all of our fellow chefs, cooks, and friends that have pushed us over the years. Our mutual toughness on each other in the past has made us stronger and more confident humans now. You know who you are!