a. cook at home a lot
b. are looking for a very specific kitchen tool
c. like a bargain
d. live in Sydney
e. are a professional chef
f. are any combination of a-e
…get thee to the Chef’s Warehouse in Surry Hills!
I only read a little blurb about it in Time Out Sydney and found minimal information on their website but I figured it was worth a look. The store is unfortunately only open Monday-Friday 9-5 so if you’re not actually a professional chef, it isn’t ideal to get to. But if you get a chance – do it.
The sign on the door says Trade Only in big red letters, but don’t be too intimidated. (Although I was intimidated enough not to ask if I could take pictures of the store. I’m also American and didn’t want to appear too pushy. Plus, there were restaurant chefs on business there, I didn’t want to ruffle anyone’s feathers. I digress, too many excuses.) They have aisles of plates, pots, pans, whisks and spatulas of every size, Spanish-style clay pots, bulk chocolate, salt – you get it, everything a chef or budding chef with a new kitchen to stock could need or want.
It is also a dangerous place – I found myself coveting things I didn’t even know I wanted (a ravioli stamp, micro-mini fluted tart tins, a 5 kg tub of Dijon mustard, etc.) I managed to restrain myself and walk away with a great quality knife sharpening stone and a couple of souffle-sized ramekins only for under $30 altogether.
I highly recommend taking a trip if you meet the above criteria. I’ll definitely be going back soon!
Chef’s Warehouse: 111-115 Albion Street, Surry Hills, Sydney