In 2002, Paul Hellman, a Mechanical engineer with a passion for cooking, had a dream: to make superior high quality knives at an affordable price. On a shoestring budget, Paul interviewed over a hundred chefs in the New York City metropolitan area about what they thought of the leading knives in the market. The inputs from the chefs were clear. They wanted a more balanced, heftier knife with a sharp heel and smooth corners. They wanted a balance of form and function; a knife to match the artistry of their signature dishes. The outcome of Hellman’s research and development effort was an outstanding, patented triple-tang handle design that features a balanced blade, ergonomic hold, high quality and beauty. Moreover, the attention to details and fine workmanship add a layer of comfort and efficiency to help your productivity in the kitchen. Gunter Wilhelm™ was born.
After long and intensive research Gunter Wilhelm™ uses a 440C High Carbon Stainless steel from the largest manufacturer in Germany, Thyssen Krupp. This high quality virgin 440C steel together with a special heat treatment and ice-hardening process allows our cutlery to have a long lasting edge, durable construction, stain/rust resistance and ease of care and maintenance.
For the manufacturing process, Gunter Wilhelm™ selected an optimized multi-step manufacturing process which starts in Germany and is finished in China where the attention to details and fine workmanship bring out the beauty and comfort that are associated with our fine cutlery. The production process utilized the best know-how, technologies and capabilities from both worlds to create Gunter Wilhelm’s cutlery product line. The outcome is nothing less than outstanding and unmatched quality. Gunter Wilhelm™ employs independent inspection teams to check our knives and ensure the high quality and ultimate customer satisfaction we are known for.
The photo above shows Paul Hellman, founder of Gunter Wilhelm, and TV chef Ralph Pagano, star of Pressure Cook on the Mojo Channel. Pagano uses Gunter Wilhelm Cutlery on his show.
Gunter Wilhelm™ sales activities started by word of mouth, demonstrating at wine and food festivals, professional restaurant trade shows, and then slowly growing through website sales. Celebrity chefs like David Burke and Ralph Pagano, and Hollywood stars such as Jane Seymour, have embraced Gunter Wilhelm's knives. But even through all this success, the price of Gunter Wilhelm™ knives are kept at a down-to-earth and accessible range. This caught the attention of price club stores, opening up the possibility of providing high quality professional grade knives to the professional chefs as well as to the impassioned amateur chef.
As the company grew, Hellman took on David Malek as a partner in 2009. Malek had vast experience in product development, sales, marketing and business development and is instrumental in coordinating more than hundred employees nationally and internationally in this rapidly growing multi-million dollar company.
Since 2009 the company has grown quickly. To support our nationwide activities we established warehouse and office facilities in Fairlawn NJ, and Los Angeles CA in 2010.
Gunter Wilhelm™ has become a successful and recognized manufacturer of an innovative cutlery product line. In 2010 we decided to take on the challenge of creating a new cookware system, putting you in mind. We looked for creative and innovative solutions to create an outstanding cookware system that will honor our legacy and will make us proud to be part of your kitchen. The result is the first stick-resistant 5 PLY stainless steel cookware system with additional attention to your and your loved one’s health, cookware efficiency, features, maintenance, and last but not least affordability. In a very short period of time our new cookware system was accepted and recognized by professional chefs, celebrities and home cooks as an innovative and remarkable cookware, combining high quality, innovative features and superior performance.
With the same dedication and vision, in 2013, Gunter Wilhelm™ started its first international marketing and sales activities offering its cutlery and cookware product lines to the global markets.
Today, Gunter Wilhelm™ products have exceptional ratings and are used by the iconic White House Chef Tour™ (White House, Vice President’s residence, Camp David etc.), executive, professional and celebrity chefs, top ranked restaurants and numerous passionate home cooks and chefs all over the world.
Each of our product lines have been designed with you in mind and offer the ultimate culinary experience. We are here to serve our customers and we will do our best to support, assist and satisfy your needs. We welcome you and invite you to join the Gunter Wilhelm family.