Conrad Boos founded this kitchen-products company — named after his son, John — in Effingham, Illinois, in 1887. A blacksmith by trade, Conrad preferred to straighten horseshoes on sycamore tree blocks that he had a local mill create, as he found the wood absorbed the shock of his hammer. The town butcher noticed this innovation and asked for a similar block for his meat market. Thus farriery gave way to food service, and now John Boos makes kitchen supplies for chefs like Charlie Trotter and Food Network stars Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse. Butcher blocks are still on the menu, but the company also offers cutting boards, carts, compartment sinks and bar stools in food service-grade stainless steel and, where appropriate, northern hard rock maple.
First-rate tools of the trade for seasoned chefs and everyday cooks alike
You don't have to be a chef to appreciate the breadth of BergHOFF's designs: There is something for everyone. For the prep master we selected a handsome set of forged knives. For your Thanksgiving pies, a professional Cream Whipper. And, for the honeymooners, a stunning 72-piece flatware set. As for us, we'd take the kitchen timer, the stock pot, and the sturdy bamboo cutting board.
Well-made essentials that'll inspire you to cook more (and better)
From a nifty wine cooler to a practical induction stove, these kitchen tools have a sleek, industrial flair. And the utensil sets make for truly amazing gifts—like the Tub of Tools, a treasure trove of kitchen essentials, and the BBQ case, which is packed with over thirty grilling accoutrements.