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Dec 11, 2014

Top 10 Christmas Presents for the Chef on Your List

With Christmas only a few weeks away, here’s a top 10 list of what to buy for that special chef in your life, be they a professional, a skilled amateur or just someone who likes to hang out in the kitchen.
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With Christmas only a few weeks away, here’s a top 10 list of what to buy for that special chef in your life, be they a professional, a skilled amateur or just someone who likes to hang out in the kitchen.

  1. A top quality Chef’s Knife…at the lowest end, no less than $70, at the highest end, over $1500, but with a hundred options in between. You can’t surprise them, they have to feel it in their hand, to lift it, hopefully cut real stuff with it and see how it works for them. This is one gift you can’t go wrong with…ever…

  2. Draw Knife sharpener…You can’t buy a knife for a chef without their input, but a sharpener is different, and a top quality draw sharpener is a great one. Draw sharpeners are smaller, dress the whole blade length and maintain the blade angle perfectly. I use mine every time I go on a job and at under $40 they’re worth every penny.

  3. Knife blade guards…Mine are the “Blade Safe”, they come in different lengths, last for decades, are easy to clean and virtually indestructible. If you’re going to spend $150 or more on a single blade, isn’t it worth another $15 to guard it properly, not to mention saving your fingers?

  4. Offset spatulas…they are as small as 2” long, go up to 12” long and are really cool tools to use when flipping small things in pans. They are not something I use every day in the kitchen, but they are very handy when you need that special tool. Lots of folks just love them once you get used to them.

  5. High heat silicone spatulas and spoons…You can buy them at The Dollar Store for a few dollars each and they are far better than wooden spoons or spatulas. They last forever, come in several different sizes and colours, and if you somehow manage to scorch, melt or lose it, you’re only out a few bucks.

  6. Top quality silicone oven mitts…They feel weird the first few times you use them, but they don’t catch fire, they can’t get wet and scald your hand, they don’t get stain or smell and they aren’t slippery even when damp. (unlike traditional cloth oven mitts or a kitchen towel)

  7. A top quality cast iron frying pan…I would recommend one at least 11” around. Once properly seasoned, nothing puts a better sear on proteins. Non-stick Teflon pans have a place, but for me, nothing, even a super hot grill, puts a better sear on a steak than cast iron.

  8. Portable Cast Iron Grill/Griddle…It will last for decades, you can use it on the stove or BBQ, one side is a big grill, the other side a big griddle. I’ve seen them on sale for $40 and once properly seasoned, they are as non-stick as Teflon and a great way to feed a big crowd.

  9. Two Classic Micro planer Zester/Graters…These are only about $20 each, and do the most amazing job of garlic, ginger, parmesan cheese and nutmeg, I keep one for sweet things and spices, and one for savoury items. They are just the best tool for the job.

  10. Last but not least – a Sous Vide machine... at $400 plus, this is a very special thing and not one to be taken lightly. It’s a bit pricey and the bags aren’t cheap but I use mine every week and just love it.

     

     

Can you think of something I missed or are wondering about a gift for the chef in your life? Leave me a comment below!

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