Founded in the 1950s by Jean Bron, Bron-Coucke manufactures professional kitchen equipment. On the request of Chefs, Jean Bron was the first to design a manual vegetable slicer in steel instead of existing wooden items (which aged badly). The original mandolin is born and ever since associated with the Bron-Coucke trademark, the little red flag.
The principles of the mandolin go way back. It even is mentioned in the first known illustrated cookbook, ‘Opera dell’arte del cuocco’ (1570), by Scappi Bartolomeo, the chef of Pope Pius IV and later Pope Pius V. He speaks of a wooden board with a blade across and small perpendicular blades used in the same way we use the mandolin today. The name comes from the musical instrument born in the Naples area, ‘mandolin’: the chefs scratch vegetables on a mandolin vegetable slicer like musicians scratch their musical mandolin.
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