Whether the chef on your list is professional or just starting out, there are plenty of gifts for chefs of all abilities. For a beginner chef, a gift such as a good quality knife set or cutting board can be a good starting point. More advanced chefs may appreciate an outdoor pizza oven for homemade pies or a professional level stand mixer for tackling lighter and heavier tasks.
1. The Flavor Bible by Karen Page
The Flavor Bible by Karen Page is a must for any chef who wants to learn about how to properly season food. Aside from learning innovative combinations, chefs will learn tips from experts and put a unique twist on favorite dishes by working with different temperatures and textures. There are three chapters, starting with the basics of flavor and taste, and ending with fun new ways to match different flavors and spices. The cookbook is available in hardcover, paperback and Kindle formats.
2. KitchInfinite Professional Mandoline Slicer
The KitchInfinite Professional Mandoline Slicer features an interchangeable blade that allows for six functions at once. For example, it’s handy for shredding and grinding fruits and veggies, as well as chopping, dicing, slicing and more. There’s enough room to store the blades inside the slicer for simple and efficient storage.
3. Sky Solutions Sky Mat
Many chefs find themselves standing for hours at a time, which can put a lot of strain on the feet and knees. This anti-fatigue mat is ideal for the kitchen and offers a blend of support and softness. Its surface is also easy to clean. The mat is also stable and supportive, and won’t compress or rock when in use. Features such as a low angled edge and anti-slip construction make this mat a safe choice for any kitchen.
4. Amco Rub-A-Way Bar
Cooking can get messy and smelly, including the hands. Even beginner chefs can benefit from the Amco Rub-A-Way Bar, which is useful for getting rid of any lingering odors on the hands. It’s especially handy after working with fish, onions or garlic. The bar is used just like a normal soap bar and works with or without water. It’s also dishwasher safe and is easy to clean.
5. Kenwood Chef Major
The Kenwood Chef Major features 800 watts of power, along with a sturdy motor that’s designed to work through even the heaviest dough with ease. To keep ingredients from flying out, the mixer starts out slowly then gradually speeds up. Chefs can choose between eight different mixing speeds for full control. An attachment hub with four available options expands the mixer’s capabilities.
6. Chef’sChoice Manual Knife Sharpener
Sharp knives are a must for any chef. The Chef’sChoice Manual Knife Sharpener quickly sharpens knives that are 15 and 20 degrees. Diamond abrasives ensure each knife is fully sharpened. The knife sharpener accommodates serrated and straight edge knives.
7. John Boos Maple Wood Edge Grain Cutting Board
This John Boos cutting board features an edge grain construction, which means the strips of wood are glued together. The end result is a highly durable and versatile cutting board that’s also easy to maintain. Handgrips on both ends make it easy to transport the cutting board as needed. At 2.25 inches thick, the cutting board can withstand food prep demands such as slicing, chopping, cutting and cleaving.
8. Etekcity Digital Kitchen Scale
A kitchen scale is a basic but essential tool for any chef. This digital scale comes with a removable bowl along with a user-friendly backlit LCD display. Tare and auto-zero functions let users subtract the weight of other containers for accurate results. A detachable 2.5-liter bowl makes it easy to mix and pour ingredients. This scale also has a low battery indicator and runs on two AAA batteries, which are included.
9. Once Upon a Chef, the Cookbook: 100 Tested, Perfected, and Family-Approved Recipes by Jennifer Segal
Once Upon a Chef, the Cookbook: 100 Tested, Perfected, and Family-Approved Recipes by Jennifer Segal is a cookbook designed for the chef who wants to please the entire family. The inside features 100 recipes, including those for breakfast, entrees, treats, desserts and easy lunch ideas. The cookbook is available in hardcover and Kindle versions.
10. J.A. Henckels 19-Piece Knife Set
J.A. Henckels is a well-known knife manufacturer based in Germany, producing high-quality knives and other cookware for everyone from beginner to professional chefs. This set comes with essentials for chefs of all levels, including a paring knife, boning knife, utility knife, bread knife and chef’s knife. There’s also a sharpening steel and kitchen shears.