All cooks will need the proper knives to do your job in the most efficient manner possible. I recommend the Victorinox knives with fibrox handle. They are very good quality for the money and you can buy them wholesale through Sun Valley. You can get a starter kit for about $100 or you can buy individually. If you do not already own knives I recommend that you purchase as soon as possible after your arrival.
Your two most important knives will be:
8" Chefs knife, cost approx $30
and 10" serrated slicer, cost approx. $30
I also recommend a small serrated utility knife, which can also be used as a paring knife, cost approx. $16
and a basic knife bag, cost approx. $30