As the restaurant industry continues to struggle amid the third wave of the pandemic, many are trying to support industry workers in a variety of ways.
Calgary's Kevin Kent, owner of specialty knife shop chain Knifewear, has just announced that his shops in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa are now offering complimentary knife sharpening for all culinary professionals affected by the pandemic.
"This pandemic has been so tough for all businesses, but restaurants have been particularly smashed by it," he says. "We've wanted to do something to give back on a larger scale. With myself and many of my staff being former chefs and cooks, it's an industry we really care about."
He adds that the current offer of free knife sharpening for restaurant professionals will remain in place until things (hopefully) normalize later this year. Industry workers interested in having their knives sharpened should reach out directly to the location nearest to them.
Kent currently operates five Knifewear locations across Canada as well as two Kent of Inglewood shops–a lifestyle-focused offshoot of his specialty knife concept–in Calgary and Edmonton.