Often to keep costs down, china is a common start to get products manufactured, but you mention prototype too within your question.
As far as getting a prototype built it could be done in her own country, regarding design she would need to find and pay someone to work with, she will need to know what she has in her mind as a minimum.
Patents might be necessary if she feels that she has something that needs to be protected, it can be costly, sometimes unnecessary.
But before going ahead with prototypes she might gain from talking to people who might be her future customers, will her utensil solve a problem, make something easier or just be gimmicky.
If she does reach the stage of mass production then it is advised that she travel to the country where they will be manufactured and meet the right people as opposed to looking for someone online.