History

History

For over 30 years, our mission has been to make better tools so you can make better food. This is the story of how we became the Chef'n we are today.

A Cook in the Making
The early years

A Cook in the Making

Before David was a famous inventor and founder, he was just a kid who loved to watch Julia Child. By age 5 he was scrambling his own eggs.

 
1982

GarlicMachine™ Launches

David Holcomb's career as a kitchen gadget inventor officially launches with a better solution to using and storing fresh garlic.

 
1983

GarlicMachine™ Launches Internationally in New Zealand

GarlicMachine™ makes its first international appearance in New Zealand.

 
1985

Open for Business

Chef'n opens our first office in the heart of Seattle's food paradise - Pike Place Market.

Chef'n Corporation Officially Launches
1985

Chef'n Corporation Officially Launches

Inspired by the song "Truckin'" by the Grateful Dead, Chef'n Corporation officially launches.

The PepperBall™
1995

The PepperBall™

The first one-handed pepper grinder hits the market.

SwitchIt™ Spatula Launches
2003

SwitchIt™ Spatula Launches

A one-of-a-kind dual-ended gadget makes waves in the cooking world.

Vibe Collection Launches
2004

Vibe Collection Launches

A new line to serve newer cooks. Vibe is our collection of gadgets that bring color, innovation and affordability to the kitchen.

Switchit™ Wins a RedDot
2005

Switchit™ Wins a RedDot

Recognized for its ingenious asymmetric design which allows this gadget to reach any angle in pots, pans and bowls.

Chef'n Debuts Lab921
2005

Chef'n Debuts Lab921

Lab921, Chef’n Design Studio launches.

 
2006

PalmPeeler™ and SleekStor™ Measuring Cups Win ID Awards

The PalmPeeler™ was awarded Design Distinction in the consumer products category and SleekStor® received an honorable mention.

 
2006

WiseCracker™ Makes the Cover of ID Magazine

This crab gadget won Best of Category award for consumer products.

 
2007

Chef'n Celebrates 25 Years

22 employees
Best Seller: SleekStor™ measuring cups
Averaged 176 orders per day

 
2008

The Best of Seattle

Chef'n is recognized for the first of many times as one of the best companies to work for in Seattle.

GarlicZoom™ Launches
2008

GarlicZoom™ Launches

From the very start, we've aimed to make garlic prep a little more fun. This is our take on quickly chopping tasty garlic cloves.

 
2010

FreshForce™ Juice Press Launches

This gadget was inspired by the powerful and efficient mechanism of garden shears. A continual fan favorite, it has sold 1,000,000+ to date.

StemGem™ Launches
2010

StemGem™ Launches

2 million sold to date and about a billion strawberries hulled.

 
2012

Chef'n Turns 30

25 employees
Best Seller: Emulstir™
Biggest Retail Partner: Williams-Sonoma

 
2014

Chef'n Goes International

Chef'n expands and opens an office in China.

 
2014

Chef'n Moves to the International District

The lab and corporate offices take the next step in their relationship and move in together in Seattle's international district.

Chef'n is Acquired by Taylor Precision Products
2014

Chef'n is Acquired by Taylor Precision Products

Our family gets a little bit bigger.

LooseLeaf™ Launches
2015

LooseLeaf™ Launches

Never underestimate the little guy. 400,000+ sold to date, 8 million leaves stripped.

 
2015

PopTop™ Launches

Since launching, billions of PopTop™ kernels have popped.