When Jacqueline (Jackie) Blanchard -co-owner of Coutelier NOLA knife shop- first emailed me this time last year about collaborating, I knew the stars had aligned. Tchoup Industries was getting countless requests from New Orleanian chefs to add a knife roll to our collection of handmade bags. The knife roll seemed like a great fit for our skill set and our food-loving community, but I just didn't know where to start... until I met Jackie and Brandt. Three new products have been born out of this magical collaboration, all available for purchase at Coutelier's New Orleans shop, Nashville shop or online store.
If you've ever browsed their shop on Oak Street, you'll know right away these two know their stuff. They stock only the most premium, hand-crafted knives from the likes of old samurai sword forgers in Japan and traditional knife-making communities in France. As chefs and knife aficionados themselves, Jackie & Brandt were able to provide the expertise needed for designing and building a top-of-the-line Tchoup Industries + Coutelier NOLA knife roll that can stand proud alongside their high end cutlery.
Having their thumb on the pulse of the New Orleans restaurant industry also uncovered a second brilliant idea especially for chefs who have a bicycle commute to restaurants in the Quarter with limited parking - a knife backpack! To make accessing knives safe and convenient, we added zippers down the sides of our traditional Flap Pack and knife storage against the back wall of the bag, giving chefs a whole new way to transport their tools to and from the kitchen.
The newest addition to our collaboration is the tool roll, an item that has much more versatility in the restaurant industry or for the civilian enthusiast. This roll is smaller to hold more commonly used tools such as spoons, pastry cutters, small knives, picnic utensils, bike tools or even art supplies. The sky's the limit!
8239 Oak Street (at Dante)
New Orleans LA 70118
FEATURED PHOTO BY JONNY ROSENBLOOM | HOLT/MCCALL