About Us

Our Story

Professional kitchens are hidden spaces filled with passion, rage, pain, euphoria, and innovation that few people ever see. There’s a fire that burns within chefs, pitmasters, and line cooks as they try to keep pace with relentless demand, always pushing themselves and each other for greatness. No part of the team can lag or falter. Each plate has to be better than the last one. Nothing less than the best is acceptable.

The Beginning

CEO and Founder Dave Dallaire spent a lot of time working in professional kitchens and restaurants in his youth, watching and feeling the passion, excitement, and uncompromising drive for perfection. He watched line cooks and sous chefs break their backs, covered in grease and blisters, with no rest and no glory. These intrepid warriors are what make restaurants successful, and they are anything but traditional. They give their heart and soul day in and day out for their craft. Where were the exciting culinary tools to match their spirit?

Inspiration and Quality

Dalstrong was born from this insight, to better serve the modern needs and tastes of the men and women who are the heartbeat of the industry. To give culinary artists tools that take them to places beyond their imagination, to inspire limitless creativity with their cooking, and have more fun while doing it. We gather inspiration from things around us that fuel our spirit and sense of adventure, things like ancient warrior cultures, fantasy weapons, and fighter jets. We searched the globe for the best materials and manufacturing partners to execute on this vision and have never stopped raising the bar in this quest.

Our Belief

Dalstrong believes in the power of cooking to unite us and bring out the best in people. To break barriers and build community. The tools we create are made to empower your creative journey and, in some cases, take your professional career to the next level. In product innovation, in beauty and functionality, in unlimited culinary creativity and self expression, in professional and recreational pursuits, in the love that is felt when we feed ourselves and our family … There Are No Limits. 

Meet the Team

That same energy that ignited our company — scrappy, unrelenting, hungry, laser-focused — is still what fuels us today. What started as a one-person show funding our first knife orders on credit card debt has now grown to a fierce global team, relentlessly driven to make a mark in the culinary world. People who believe in their ability to shape and change the world around them through our products, our creativity, and our community.  It’s never being satisfied or content with what we’ve done. We don’t pat ourselves on the back. We don’t rest. We’re never done learning, growing, optimizing, pushing the boundaries on design and functionality. We’re always planning our next move.

Hin, Product Design Manager

Favorite Quote:"What you do today is important because you’re exchanging a day of your life for it."
Favorite Food:Chilled fire-grilled zucchini at a hole in the wall restaurant in Serbia named (redacted)
Favorite Dalstrong Knife:The one I can’t officially talk about just yet

Elli, Chief Product Officer

Favorite Quote:“Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming” - David Bowie-
Favorite Food:Cobb Salad
Favorite Dalstrong Knife:Omega 5.5” Utility

Kris, E-Commerce & Content Manager

Favorite Quote: "Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere"
Favorite Food: My mother's spaghetti bolognese recipe
Favorite Dalstrong Knife: The Shadow Black Series 8'' Chef Knife

Nancy, Director of Customer Service

Favorite Quote: "Faith itself is invisible, but saving faith is always accompanied by corresponding actions which can be seen.”
Favorite Food:Turkey dinner with all the trimmings!
Favorite Dalstrong Knife:Omega 8.5 Kiritsuke Chef Knife

Dave, CEO

Favorite Quote: "The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it."
Favorite Food: Impossible to choose!
Favorite Dalstrong Knife: The Next One We Are Releasing!

Jessica, Chief Merchandising Officer

Favorite Quote: "Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”
Favorite Food: Greek!
Favorite Dalstrong Knife: My trusty Shogun Series X 6" Chef Knife

Ben, Senior PPC Manager

Favorite Quote: "If it doesn't feel right, go left."
Favorite Food: Asian cuisine
Favorite Dalstrong Knife: Shogun Chef Knife

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Ed, Assistant Controller

Favorite Quote: "Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely, in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting Holy Shit, what a ride!"
Favorite Food:Whatever the locals are eating!
Favorite Dalstrong Knife:Today it’s the Shadow Black Paring knife. Tomorrow it’ll change; I want them all!

James, FP&A Manager

Favorite Quote: "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
Favorite Food: A fine steak on the grill!
Favorite Dalstrong Knife: Shadow Black Pitmaster

Abby, Senior Brand Manager

Favorite Quote: "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
Favorite Food: Deep-fried anything
Favorite Dalstrong Knife: Gladiator 6" Produce Knife

Jim, Chief Marketing Officer

Favorite Quote: "I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.”
Favorite Food: Homemade pasta and tomato sauce
Favorite Dalstrong Knife: Shadow Black Series 9" Bread Knife - Love bread