Meet Chef Instructor & Knife Maker Adam Simha
Adam Simha is the Owner and Knife Maker at MKS Design. This local craftsman is joining us to share his knowledge and experiences creating stunning works of art that sell directly to customers and through large retailers to be used in many of the best professional and home kitchens in Boston.
Sharpen Up! The best tool in the kitchen is a sharp chef’s knife and MKS Design produces some of the sharpest looking knives around. Join Adam Simha, Owner and Knifemaker at MKS Design, to learn about craft knife design and manufacturing during our upcoming class: The Art of Knives. Learn from this local craftsman about his business and experiences creating stunning works of art that sell directly to customers and through large retailers to be used in many of the best professional and home kitchens in Boston. Explore his world of custom-designed knives for all purposes and practice the ancient, relaxing ritual of sharpening knives on a stone. Learn from the true master, practicing with CSCA’s knives, and bring the knowledge home to your own collection. You might even want to join the growing waitlist for one of Adam’s beautiful custom knives – a perfect gift for any culinary champion!
We reached out to ask him about his journey and experience in the industry to date.
Tell us about your path to MKS Design. How did you “carve” this career path?
My work in metal began with sculpture, then furniture and housewares design and fabrication. Making knives was a logical (and challenging) extension of that practice. I’d previously worked in restaurant kitchens so the culinary end of knife design and fabrication was naturally the most appealing. I’ve been designing and making knives now for 20 years.
Have you taught knife sharpening classes in the past? What should home cooks and chefs know about it?
I have and do teach knife skills in public and in my North Cambridge workshop. Cooks at all levels (professional and hobbyists) should know that it is always useful to examine and improve your own body mechanics in this context. The effect is an increase in speed and precision.
What’s your favorite knife and why?
I’m a firm believer that the best knife is the best knife for you and how you cook. Beyond basic issues of quality of materials, fabrication, fit, and finish, there is no ‘one size fits all’. Knife skills are foundational to cooking. Like the motorcycle folks say, “the more you know, the better it gets”.
What is your favorite food to prepare at home? Which knife or knives help you prepare this dish?
It is impossible to pick one. That said, I enjoy preparing anything that offers a knife skills challenge and an accompanying reward of improved gustatory experience.
Sign up for an upcoming class at CSCA with Chef Adam Here.