Joyce Chen was a famous Chinese restaurateur and chef in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, who popularized and adapted typical Chinese recipes
for the average American palette and for our then limited grocery
stores. She ran her restaurant for many years and developed kitchen
products, books, and recipes aided by her daughter Helen. Joyce
Chen’s coined the term “Peking Ravioli” instead of “potstickers” as
a way for the high population of Italians in Boston to make her food
more accessible. Her restaurant has long since closed, but in the
late 70’s - 80’s, it was a mainstay for the hungry lunch time crowd
of biotech employees whose companies were out in the suburbs and
decent Chinese food was nowhere to be found. In her later years,
Joyce Chen contracted Alzheimer’s and passed away, but she still came
to the restaurant each day sitting at her favorite table greeting
each person like her family. In a sense we were.
The food at Joyce Chen’s was average by today’s more sophisticated
palette, but at the time quite popular and created a path to the
mysteries of Boston’s Chinatown, which bordered the infamous Red
Light district known as the “Combat Zone.”
The famous Joyce Chen Shears, are high quality kitchen snips which
can cut through chicken bone and tough meat tendon without losing
their edge. They are perfect for snipping sheet solder, fine silver
sheet, min 22 ga sheet and great for the starting snip for bezel
strips. You can easily find “Joyce Chen Shears” on Google.
I’m sure that Joyce Chen would smile and find it odd, that her
famous kitchen shear has found its way onto the benches of
goldsmiths. Maybe the ever present green jade and gold pendant, plus
the multitudes of gold and jade bracelets which jangled on her arm
really were good luck charms.
I’ve had my Joyce Chen shears for about 12 years. Good tool, in the
kitchen and in the studio.
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