TUALATIN, OR – Hiroshi (Jack)
Igarashi, Chief of North American
Operations of Kai USA Ltd., manufacturer of Shun cutlery, hired Scott
Zahm as the West Coast Regional
Sales Manager, reporting to Kurt
Zanner, VP of the Houseware
Division, effective immediately.
This position is not new but has
been recently unfilled.
Scott has worked in sales for
nearly 25 years, much of that in
housewares and with key accounts.
“We’re thrilled to have him join
our team and expect he will grow
our business, continue to build
relationships and to continue to
work to meet our goal of offering
excellent customer service,” said
Zahm has worked in a number
of sales management positions
at KitchenAid Portable Appliances,
most recently as a senior account
KAI Corporation, a family-owned
company located in Seki City,
Japan, celebrated its 100th
anniversary in 2008. It is privately
held and is run by Mr. Koji Endo, the
third generation to run the company.
KAI is a major manufacturer and
distributor of disposable razors,
surgical tools, personal care
products and housewares in Japan.
In the United States, KAI has
established several brand names
all controlled by the Kai USA run
by Igarashi. The brands managed
by Kai USA, Ltd. are Shun cutlery
and housewares, Kershaw sporting
knives and Zero Tolerance military
KAI USA Ltd. hires Scott Zahm as West
Coast Regional Sales Manager
Curious Chef® announces cooking school and
camp promotional program
OCONOMOWOC, WI – Curious Chef® announced a special promotion
for cooking schools and camps. “Kids cooking camps are very popular
right now,” states John Wilde, President of Curious Chef®. “This special
promotion will enable cooking camp programs to procure child friendly
cooking tools for their campers while introducing them to the culinary
arts,” Wilde added.
“Childhood obesity is a growing and alarming trend in our country.
Combine busy schedules with working parents and fast food and
you have the recipe for a very unhealthy generation,” Wilde notes,
“Cooking camps are a great way to teach young children healthy
eating habits while making cooking fun,” he notes. Curious Chef®
tools are not only kid friendly, but they also are fully operational. This
allows children to become fully engaged in the cooking experience.
The Curious Chef® cooking school and camp program offers the child
friendly cooking line at special rates for cooking schools and camps.
“It is a perfect addition to the camp curriculum. Not only can the tools
be used during camp programming, they are also a great take away
for campers to equip their home kitchen with appropriate utensils,”
To learn more about the Curious Chef® brand or for questions on
the cooking school and camp promotion, visit www.curiouschef.com.
The Curious Chef® brand is a registered trademark of Tailor Made
CDN promotes add-on sales with replacement probes
PORTLAND, OR. – A new retail
line for add-on sales and customer
convenience, Component Design
Northwest (CDN) now offers
replacement probes for six of
the company’s most popular
thermometers, including the
Programmable Probe Thermometer
& Timer (DTP482), 2-in- 1 Probe
Thermometer (2P212), Dual-Sensing
Probe Thermometer/Timer (DSP1),
Digital Thermometer/Timer (DTTC)
and the ProAccurate® Digital
The replacement probes can be
merchandised with CDN’s top-of-the-
line probe thermometer collection,
designed for both professional chefs
and home cooking enthusiasts.
The replacement probes feature
a grab-and-go hang tag design
that fits compactly next to CDN
thermometers near the register
or on the shelf.
The CDN replacement probes are
available for immediate shipment,
with suggested retail prices from
$5.99 to $7.99.
For more information, contact
CDN at 800-338-5594, or visit