For almost half a century, Chef Kevin Ashton has traveled the world to cook, do cooking demonstrations, be a chef consultant, and write food blogs and product reviews.

He has worked on prestigious hotels worldwide, such as The Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky - a 5-star hotel in Amsterdam. Aside from that, at The Armoury in Hamilton, Bermuda, he functioned as the head chef. But he didn't stop there. He also worked on The Jefferson and The Hay Adams hotels - the celebrities' favorite places  in Washington, D.C.

The Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

The Jefferson Hotel

To share his fondness for food, he had cooking demonstrations on both sides of the Atlantic. These demonstrations include Washington, DC International Food & Wine Festival, BBC Good Food Show, N.E.C. the Home & Garden Show, the Royal Show, World Heritage Day in Blaenavon, and the Total Sandwich Show at Olympia London.

Chef Kevin's writing career began when he authored a weekly recipe column in Birmingham Sunday Mercury. Due to his brilliance in penning food articles, his recipes have also appeared in UK and US newspapers and magazines.

Birmingham Sunday Mercury

His exceptional talent and popularity made it possible for him to cook for VIPs, including:

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
President Bush (senior)
President Reagan
President Nixon
Vice-President Mondale
Senator Edward Kennedy
Ethel Kennedy
Alexander Haig
Admiral Crowe
Michelle Pfeiffer
Paul Newman
Linda Carter
Omar Sheriff
Larry King

Just to name a few.

Now, he has is own blog site - Chef Kevin Ashton, where he posts his recipes, advice, reviews, travelogues & news.

Chef Kevin's passion for cooking also makes him do product reviews on his essential "tools" as an international chef. One of these "tools" is his Santoku Knife from Syosaku-Japan.

"I am very impressed with how this Syosaku Santoku knife performed, its balance and how comfortable it felt in my hand."
SYOSAKU JAPANESE MULTI-PURPOSE CHEF KNIFE HAMMERED DAMASCUS VG-10 46 LAYER OCTAGONAL MAGNOLIA WOOD HANDLE, SANTOKU 7-INCH
SYOSAKU JAPANESE MULTI-PURPOSE CHEF KNIFE HAMMERED DAMASCUS VG-10 46 LAYER OCTAGONAL MAGNOLIA WOOD HANDLE, SANTOKU 7-INCH

SLICING

"The Santoku made easy work of thinly slicing white cabbage for my spring rolls, the knife seemed comfortable in my hand and I felt completely in control, which is important when wishing to slice something this thinly."
SYOSAKU JAPANESE MULTI-PURPOSE CHEF KNIFE HAMMERED DAMASCUS VG-10 46 LAYER OCTAGONAL MAGNOLIA WOOD HANDLE, SANTOKU 7-INCH
"I then used the Syosaku knife to slice a large tomato, which again is good indication of its out of the box sharpness."
SYOSAKU JAPANESE MULTI-PURPOSE CHEF KNIFE HAMMERED DAMASCUS VG-10 46 LAYER OCTAGONAL MAGNOLIA WOOD HANDLE, SANTOKU 7-INCH

DICING

"Dicing root vegetables like carrots or swedes (rutabaga) is another good exercise to show the user the balance and comfort of the knife."
SYOSAKU JAPANESE MULTI-PURPOSE CHEF KNIFE HAMMERED DAMASCUS VG-10 46 LAYER OCTAGONAL MAGNOLIA WOOD HANDLE, SANTOKU 7-INCH

CHOPPING

"Whether you are chopping herbs or shrimp, you don’t need the weight of a big knife if your knife is sharp!"
SYOSAKU JAPANESE MULTI-PURPOSE CHEF KNIFE HAMMERED DAMASCUS VG-10 46 LAYER OCTAGONAL MAGNOLIA WOOD HANDLE, SANTOKU 7-INCH

FINAL VERDICT

"I am very impressed with how this Syosaku Santoku knife performed, its balance and how comfortable it felt in my hand."

Chef Kevin Ashton

Another Syosaku product that Chef Kevin enjoys is the Urushi glass plate. This is the Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate in Gradation Blue color. Look at this flavorful dish made by him!

"As you turn or move the plate the colour of the plate seems to change. When I look for plates and bowls to serve my food on, I search for striking pieces that enhance the presentation, so if you are serious about finding a top quality plate to present your food on then I would recommend you go take a look for yourself.""

Chef Kevin Ashton
TROUT TERIAKI WITH KONJAC NOODLES by Chef Kevin Ashton

Trout Teriaki with Konjac Noodles by Chef Kevin Ashton

FEATURED PRODUCTS:

Syosaku Japanese Multi-Purpose Chef Knife Hammered Damascus VG-10 46 Layer Octagonal Magnolia Wood Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm)

$291.00
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Syosaku Japanese Multi-Purpose Chef Knife Hammered Damascus VG-10 46 Layer Octagonal Magnolia Wood Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi-Purpose Chef Knife Hammered Damascus VG-10 46 Layer Octagonal Magnolia Wood Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi-Purpose Chef Knife Hammered Damascus VG-10 46 Layer Octagonal Magnolia Wood Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi-Purpose Chef Knife Hammered Damascus VG-10 46 Layer Octagonal Magnolia Wood Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi-Purpose Chef Knife Hammered Damascus VG-10 46 Layer Octagonal Magnolia Wood Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi-Purpose Chef Knife Hammered Damascus VG-10 46 Layer Octagonal Magnolia Wood Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi-Purpose Chef Knife Hammered Damascus VG-10 46 Layer Octagonal Magnolia Wood Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi-Purpose Chef Knife Hammered Damascus VG-10 46 Layer Octagonal Magnolia Wood Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi-Purpose Chef Knife Hammered Damascus VG-10 46 Layer Octagonal Magnolia Wood Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi-Purpose Chef Knife Hammered Damascus VG-10 46 Layer Octagonal Magnolia Wood Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi-Purpose Chef Knife Hammered Damascus VG-10 46 Layer Octagonal Magnolia Wood Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi-Purpose Chef Knife Hammered Damascus VG-10 46 Layer Octagonal Magnolia Wood Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi-Purpose Chef Knife Hammered Damascus VG-10 46 Layer Octagonal Magnolia Wood Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi-Purpose Chef Knife Hammered Damascus VG-10 46 Layer Octagonal Magnolia Wood Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi-Purpose Chef Knife Hammered Damascus VG-10 46 Layer Octagonal Magnolia Wood Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi-Purpose Chef Knife Hammered Damascus VG-10 46 Layer Octagonal Magnolia Wood Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan

Customer Reviews

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Chef Kevin Ashton
The balance and comfort of the knife

The Santoku made easy work of thinly slicing white cabbage for my spring rolls, the knife seemed comfortable in my hand and I felt completely in control, which is important when wishing to slice something this thinly. I then used the Syosaku knife to slice a large tomato, which again is good indication of its out of the box sharpness.You can see how thin the slices of tomatoes are!

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Chef Kevin Ashton
I am very impressed with how this Syosaku Santoku knife performed

Its balance and how comfortable it felt in my hand. You may think they are expensive but if a handcrafted knife serves you well for 20 years, then the price is cheaper than buying new cheap knives every couple of years.

Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate 11-inch (28cm) Gradation Blue, Dishwasher Safe

$508.00
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Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate 11-inch (28cm) Gradation Blue, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate 11-inch (28cm) Gradation Blue, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate 11-inch (28cm) Gradation Blue, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate 11-inch (28cm) Gradation Blue, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate 11-inch (28cm) Gradation Blue, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate 11-inch (28cm) Gradation Blue, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate 11-inch (28cm) Gradation Blue, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate 11-inch (28cm) Gradation Blue, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate 11-inch (28cm) Gradation Blue, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate 11-inch (28cm) Gradation Blue, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate 11-inch (28cm) Gradation Blue, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate 11-inch (28cm) Gradation Blue, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate 11-inch (28cm) Gradation Blue, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate 11-inch (28cm) Gradation Blue, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate 11-inch (28cm) Gradation Blue, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate 11-inch (28cm) Gradation Blue, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate 11-inch (28cm) Gradation Blue, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate 11-inch (28cm) Gradation Blue, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate 11-inch (28cm) Gradation Blue, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate 11-inch (28cm) Gradation Blue, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate 11-inch (28cm) Gradation Blue, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Flat Dinner Plate 11-inch (28cm) Gradation Blue, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
"As you turn or move the plate the colour of the plate seems to change."

Chef Kevin Ashton