JENS HARALD HERZBERG

URBAN ARTISAN

Cologne, Germany
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I like to learn new ways to prepare my food.

Jens Harald Herzberg
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URBAN ARTISAN
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Jens Harald Herzberg

Jens Harald truly enjoys time spent prepping in the kitchen. For him it’s a prelude to a meal that might showcase a particular cut of meat in the best possible way. He’s a self-taught enthusiast, and his friends regard him as a wonderful cook. He always travels with his knives because he’s particular about what he works with and he prefers to rely on the tools he knows and trusts.

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How has your cooking evolved?

When I started cooking, I heavily relied on recipes and I didn’t know anything. But after awhile I got a feeling for it, and I knew what I had to do intuitively.

What do you think about at the cutting board?

You can do a cut only once, so that’s a singular experience. Once you’ve cut something, it’s cut. You cannot uncut it. I have to pay respect to what I’m cutting. So I’m careful, and thoughtful.

What are your thoughts on knives?

 A knife, in its simplicity — it’s just a handle and a blade — I think it’s one of the oldest tools mankind has ever used. And yet today there are still ways to find even more perfection in creating a blade. I think that’s just astonishing.

What’s your moment?

 My moment is the sizzling on top of a steak on the grill. My WÜSTHOF is the Crafter 10” Super Slicer.

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Super Slicer

Ideal for cutting clean slices through as many different ingredients as possible: for large fruits and vegetables, meat or a smooth cut through cakes, pies and breads, the outwardly-curved, serrated edge of the Super Slicer blade allows for very fine cuts and prevents the foodstuffs from tearing or crumbling.

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