Chef Carl Redding – Amy Ruth’s, NY
Carl Redding‘s love of cooking began when he was eight years old. He learned at Harlem’s renowned Wilson’s and continued to cook when he served in the Marine Corps, bringing the taste of American soul food to Japan. As the Owner/Chef of Harlem-based Amy Ruth’s, Redding provides a variety of home-style Southern cuisine.
What does your knife mean to you?
The knife is an essential tool in any kitchen. Korin sells great knives, very sharp knives. I choose my knives for functionality and so I really like the purpose-specific knives at Korin, like the Menkiri noodle cutting knife and the deboning knives. I have a collection of knives and I enjoying owning one-of-a-kind pieces but I use all the knives I buy.
What do you like about Japanese knives?
Korin’s knives have a long lasting edge and the knives themselves are made to last forever. The moment you handle a Japanese knife you know you are using a superior tool. The fact that Korin teaches us how to sharpen the knives makes a big difference.Young people can learn the care of their knives early on at Korin.
What is the most important aspect of cooking to you?
Preparation. I teach my chefs ‘the 5 P’s’ – Proper Prep Prevents Poor Performance.