A friend told me that in the US some metro areas have a knife service where a company gives a restaurant a sharp knife, then one week later they come back and replace the first knife with a new sharp one. They then take the first knife back to the shop, sharpen it, and return it the next week, yada yada ad infinitum.
Have you ever heard of this? Can you explain it further?
How does your work handle knife sharpening? How do you?
Does the kitchen provide knives or are they all owned by the chefs themselves?
Any other services provided along these lines? I am thinking about slicing machine servicing, etc as well.
One idea I had for the private knives would be to give a knife roll with 5 blades in it to the chef for a day while I would sharpen their knives at the shop. Opinions?
I ask because there is a seriously un-developed service industry here in the Czech Republic and this sounds like an idea I might be able to make work here in Prague. LOTS of hotels and restaurants and only a few places that offer knife sharpening (mainly as an aside- they are key cutters, etc. with a grinding stone). I need ideas and opinions on what does and doesn’t work. I can probably get this biz going for cheap and hire someone to do everything while I focus on sales.
Thanks for your help-