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Chefs know that food is art, not just a form of sustenance. To help them create that art, they need tools, products, and equipment the average person may not have in their kitchen.
The benefit of buying a great gift for a chef is that they might invite you over to sample what they’ve cooked with it. So, in a greedy sense, a gift for the chef in your life might be rewarding for you as well. Everybody wins. Check out this list of 20 items any chef would love to have in their kitchen arsenal.
- Three oils
Truffle oil is a high-end product much appreciated by professional and home chefs. It’s versatile, adding intense flavor to salad dressing, risotto, pasta, and pizza. This set of three oils comes with a garlicky white truffle oil, a nutty-tasting, but nut-free, English truffle oil, and an earthy black truffle oil.
View TruffleHunter Truffle Oil Gift Set on Amazon
- Stainless steel
- Comes with a finger guard
- Blade guard and sharpener also included
Every chef wants a fancy, high-performance knife, and this one delivers on both points. A triple rivet design attaches the blade to the handle and won’t give way, even after a lot of slicing and dicing. The chef you’re buying this knife for will be able to protect their fingers with the included finger guard. And when that knife becomes dull, they’ll be able to give it some love with the sharpener.
View MOSFiATA Sharp Professional Chef’s Knife on Amazon
- Security lock
Dessert chefs know that a culinary blow torch is a must-have for creating unforgettable creme brulee. But this handly little blow torch will do much more than that. It can toast bread crumbs, melt cheese, sear a steak, and more. No blow torch experience? No problem! It’s easy to figure out how to use it.
View Tintec Culinary Blow Torch on Amazon
- Versatile uses
- Sustainable bamboo
- Hidden slide-out drawer
A good chef knows that presentation is half the battle of cranking out an enjoyable meal. This cheese board set will allow you to make your food as pretty as it is tasty. Made of all-natural bamboo, it comes with an extra hidden slide-out tray, four cheese knives and utensils, and a wine opener. Even if the chef you’re giving this to wants to use it occasionally as a cutting board, it’s resistant to marks from the knives.
View Cheese Board and Knife Set on Amazon
- Can be used for deep frying
- Three-second reading time
- LCD screen
Overcooked meat is a big no-no for any experienced chef. This meat thermometer will help them avoid that disaster. Plus, it can be used for candy making, baking, and even beverages. It’s a super-fast way to tell if your food is done. You can set it to either Fahrenheit or Celcius, and all you have to do to turn it on is open and close the thermometer probe. If you forget to shut it off, it will automatically power down in 10 minutes.
View Kizen Digital Meat Thermometer on Amazon
- Inclusive all-in-one kit
- 31-page recipe book
- Stainless steel funnel included
For a new chef who is still learning as they are going along, this hot sauce-making kit can be a great teaching tool. With enough ingredients to make up to 14 bottles of hot sauce, your chef-in-training will be able to experiment with this new venture and find their signature sauce. With the included labels, you’ll be able to remember which sauce is which. As your chef uses this kit, they’ll learn from the instruction guide about the heat of different peppers and their origins.
View Millhouse Spice Co. Hot Sauce Making Kit on Amazon
- Measurement sizes are engraved
- Made of durable bamboo
- Engraved in the U.S.
Chefs and cooking schools are quite particular about how things are sliced and diced. If you are buying a gift for a chef-in-training, this board shows the cuts and dicing styles they’ll have to be accustomed to doing, including fine julienne, julienne, batonnet, fine brunoise, brunoise, and small, medium, and large dice. It’s a kitchen tool that will help them perfect their prowess with a knife.
View Alpha Awards Precision Cutting Board on Amazon
- Holds 11 ounces
- Printed on both sides
- Microwave and dishwasher safe
Half the fun of being a chef must be pointing it out to everyone else who isn’t a chef. It must make you feel pretty superior to know how jealous others are of your kitchen skills. The chef in your life can rub it into other people by drinking out of this cup in front of them. And since it can go in the microwave and dishwasher, it’ll be a low-maintenance addition to their kitchen.
View ThisWear Store Chef Coffee Mug on Amazon
- Small for displaying
- Lots of accessories
Help your chef celebrate one of the most famous chefs of them all — the Muppets’ Swedish Chef. This tiny figure and all the pieces it comes with can fit comfortably on any kitchen windowsill and serve as an inspiration and a source of amusement for your chef as they cook. Reviews rave about the details and all the accessories this figurine comes with.
View Diamond Select Toys Swedish Chef Figure on Amazon
- Dishwasher safe
If your chef is used to handling large chunks of meat or is known for his love of the grill, these meat claws will come in handy. It allows the cook to pick up big pieces of meat safely, without dropping it or getting hot grease burns all over their hands. And when that meat is done cooking, these claws can be used to shred it like a wild animal.
View Grillaholics Store Meat Claws on Amazon
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- Comes with a foil cutter
- Includes recharging base
- Removes cork in seconds
Wine is an important part of being a chef — they use it for cooking and for pairing with their meals to bring out the flavors. Opening all those corks by hand gets pretty tiresome. This electric wine bottle opener allows you to open up to 30 bottles on just one charge. As a bonus, it comes with a recharging base and a foil cutter.
View Oster Electric Wine Bottle Opener on Amazon
12. Hyzrz Chef Hat
- Elastic closure
- Machine washable
- Comes in multiple colors
There was no way we were going to make a list of gifts for chefs and leave off the most essential accessory of all — the classic chef’s hat. This one is machine washable so any cook will be able to keep it clean. The elastic closure makes it adjustable, so it will fit a wide range of head sizes. Soon, your chef will look the part.
View Hyzrz Chef Hat on Amazon
- 100 recipes pages
- Inspiring cover
- Tool for creativity
Every chef dreams of creating a masterpiece — their one signature dish that nobody will ever forget. This book can help them get started on that path. With 100 blank recipe pages, this book is an ideal place to start dreaming and working on that unbelievable recipe.
View King Journals and Publications My Recipe Journal on Amazon
- Different sized sets
- Dishwasher safe
- Withstands up to 600 degrees
You can choose whether to buy your chef a 5-piece, 7-piece, 10-piece, or 14-piece cookware set. With the quality of these pans and pots, they’ll be blown away whether they get the smaller set or the largest. Each pot or pan has a tri-ply construction for even heat distribution and rapid heating.
Chefs will like knowing that these pieces were lovingly crafted in the U.S. by multiple employees. They’ll be proud to do their cooking in them.
View All-Clad Stainless Steel Induction Cookware Set on Amazon
- Several color selections
- Adjustable coarseness
This salt and pepper grinder set is as beautiful as it is functional. Any chef should enjoy using these gorgeous grinders to put the finishing touches on their dishes. With a manual grinder and adjustable coarseness, they’ll give the top-notch performance any high-quality chef needs.
Made in the U.S., these grinders are easy to refill with their screw-off tops. Keep in mind that these grinders are hand-wash only.
View Chef Specialties Imperial Salt and Pepper Grinder Set on Wayfair
- Eye-catching design
- Free spice refills
- 18 jars included
Salt and pepper aren’t the only seasonings a chef needs to create mouth-watering food. They’ll also need countless other spices — and that’s where this spice rack comes in. Made of bamboo in a cool criss-cross pattern, this set comes with 18 spice jars that are individually labeled. Your chef will also get free spice refills for five years to keep them happily cooking meal after meal.
View Kamenstein Criss Cross 18-Piece Spice Jar and Rack Set on Wayfair
- Preserves fresh herbs
- Includes herb shear
- Strips leaves off stems
Chefs use a large variety and quantity of herbs when cooking — and we’re glad they do. Herbs are tasty additions to food, but unfortunately, they don’t always last long in the refrigerator. This herb toolset can help preserve herbs so they last longer and don’t spoil before they’re used.
The set also comes with a cool tool that can be used on woody herbs such as rosemary and oregano — it effortlessly pulls the leaves right off. They’ll also receive herb shears that cut but don’t bruise the produce.
View Prepara 3-Piece Chef’s Eco Herb Tool Set on Wayfair
- Beautiful teak wood
- Smooth feeling
Some chefs prefer using stainless steel spoons, but others can’t imagine using anything other than wooden spoons because it reminds them of watching their grandmother cook for them. This teak wood spoon set will feel old-school enough for those wanting to honor their roots, while still being beautiful enough for them to show off with pride.
View Morena 7-Piece Wooden Kitchen Utensil Set on Wayfair
- Four graters
- Dishwasher safe
- Soft hand grips for comfort
Chefs know all about the mysterious flavor powers of zest. Whether they’re grating lemon or a big hunk of pungent cheese, the grating can be a kitchen chore if you don’t have the right tools. This four-piece set includes fine, medium, ribbon, and coarse graters. They all have soft grips on them to make the task a bit more comfortable.
View Chef Craft Four-Piece Grater Set on Wayfair
- Three colanders
- Nesting design
- Dishwasher safe
No self-respecting chef would want to ever use a plastic colander — and they won’t have to with this three-piece set. These strainers have large handles, giving the chef a firm grip on their food. With three colander sizes to choose from, there’s one suited to handle the job — whether you have a lot of food or a little.
This set will work with potatoes, vegetables, meats, pasta, or anything else you can throw at it.
View Cook Pro Stainless Steel Colander Set on Wayfair