Join in a conversation with several of Virginia’s finest craftsmen, and learn how to properly identify and use the three most critical tools in your kitchen – your knives, your pans and your very own hands.
Blacksmith/designer Corry Blanc (Blanc Creatives) chats with his friends and colleagues Knifemaker/designer Zack Worrell (Monolith Knives) and Chef Ian Boden (The Shack Restaurant) about their crafts and their stories – how they got started and where they are today. Then it’s down to business – how to choose and use the right pans and knives, caring for your tools, and tips on some important basic chef skills that many of us just don’t know how to do properly. Questions are encouraged throughout the presentation. Guests leave with a favorite recipe from Ian, and tip cards on knife profiles, pan types and maintenance.
Founder, Blanc Creatives
Blanc comes from Georgia, where he began working with metal at a young age. After moving to Charlottesville in 2007 he began blacksmithing full-time, eventually branching out on his own in 2008. Blanc Creatives came together in 2011 and has grown steadily with Blanc at the helm.
Chef/Owner, The Shack
Ian Boden of The Shack restaurant in Staunton, Virginia, has received critical acclaim from publications as wide-ranging as The Wall Street Journal to Garden & Gun magazine. Following a successful career in New York City, Chef Boden returned to Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley to create a cuisine that is both forward-thinking and respectful of the past.
The Shack was named one of the places for “Best Burgers in the South” by Garden & Gun magazine and was recognized by Southern Living magazine as one of the “Best New Restaurants.” Esquire magazine tapped The Shack for the “Best Dish” award for its 2014 restaurant issue. Most recently, Boden was nominated for 2017 “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic” by the James Beard Foundation, for the second time.
Founder, Monolith Knives
Worrell, grew up surrounded by a talented and creative family of entrepreneurs and artists from Virginia. Each of them creative, progressive, and successful in their endeavors. As a child, he spent countless hours building cities and machines with legos, later transcending into everything from building tree forts, large fish aquarium projects, elaborate stereo systems, modifying motocross dirt bikes and mountain bikes, customizing cars and vintage motorcycles. All things he learned working with others, or just by trial and error. As a young entrepreneur, Worrell gained knowledge of technology and business through exposure to his family’s 50 year foray into newspaper publishing.