Christophe Fasan

Chef Christophe Fasan – Emile, France

by Rui Kojima on April 3, 2011

"The sharpness of Japanese knives is a good example of such a philosophy. "

Christophe Fasan is the chef of Emile, a famous address in Toulouse for many generations. In January 2005, Fasan had the privilege to cook for Jacques Chirac, Tony Blair, Spain’s Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder for the ceremony surrounding the maiden flight of Airbus 380.

 

 

What does your knife mean to you?

“To the good worker, the good tool.” There is no good job without a good knife.The sharpness of Japanese knives is a good example of such a philosophy. Knives are also beautiful objects that reflect history, as a par t of cultural heritage. I can feel in a good knife all the time that has been spent by the craftsman in forging and assembling it.

 

What are the superior qualities of your Japanese knives?

They are very sharp; my favourite is the Suisin Wa-sujihiki which is also very light. The handle is comfortable and securely fitted to the blade. This knife is so easy to use that everyone in our kitchen is competing with each other to have the right to use it. But they all know they have to take good care of it, and they do, even the young cooks!

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