John Boos was founded in 1887 in Effingham, Illinois, by Conrad Boos and his son John. The company manufactured butcher blocks out of the wood from sycamore trees. Today, John Boos & Co. is esteemed by Chefs In America, and its kitchen products are endorsed by celebrity chefs such as Rachael Ray, Bo ... Read More bby Flay, Alton Brown, Paula Deen, Tyler Florence, Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse, and Giada de Laurentiis. Professional gourmet-cooking tools and furnishings are made of materials such as solid hard rock maple, cherry, and walnut woods as well as stainless steel and polyethylene. Each wood product is finished with beeswax, natural oils, or other sealers to protect cutting and preparation surfaces. Famous for its Boos Blocks and cutting boards, John Boos is one of the leading manufacturers of butcher blocks and stainless-steel food-service products such as sinks, tables, shelves, islands, and countertops. John Boos' products are used in the home, commercial food-service industries, and restaurant kitchens of professional chefs.