Spend any amount of time in a restaurant kitchen, and you begin to notice something. In the midst of total chaos, one detail is always in order -- the chef's knives.

The Knife: Chinese cleaver
The Owner: Phuong Mai, owner, Indochine Cafe

Mai keeps this Chinese cleaver on hand at all times because it's great for cutting through bones.

While she prefers knives with a comfortable grip and models that are thin and precise, she's not too particular. "I just like sharp knives," she said.

--Story & photos by Jodi Miller

Indochine Cafe
561 S. Hamilton Rd., Whitehall

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