So-So Celebrity Knives

There are plenty of famous chefs with television shows. But how do their cooking utensils fare in a real-life kitchen? Consumer Reports just tested knives to find which make the cut.

Consumer Reports' testers tried out 49 sets, which included anywhere from three to 20 knives.

They testes sets from Paula Deen, Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse and Rachel Ray.

"The knife sets ranged in price from $50 to almost $600," said John Macchia.

To check for cutting performance of chef's knives, testers chopped carrots, onions, and celery.

And they sliced salami with, well, slicers. These have long narrow blades that are great for cutting meats.

So how did the famous chef's knives size up?

"None of the celebrity knife sets that we tested were in the top ten of our ratings," said Macchia. "The Martha Stewart was in the bottom of our ratings and the Paula Deen didn't fare much better."

When all the tests were done, the eight-piece Ginsu Chikara knife set sliced its way to a Best Buy with its excellent cutting performance.

It costs $100.

For less money, the $60 Chicago Cutlery Metropolitan set did very good cutting. It's also and eight-piece set.

You can order the Chicago Cutlery Metropolitan set online through the company's website.

When buying knives, Consumer Reports says it's always a good idea to hold it in your hand to make sure it feels comfortable and balanced.

Textured-plastic, rubber, or bare-wood handles provide the best grip for wet hands.


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