20 of the Best Gifts for Chefs, According to Our Test Kitchen
Have a foodie in the family? A baking BFF? Check out the best gifts for chefs with recommendations from the pros in our Test Kitchen.
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Gorgeous Ceramic Cookware
Even chefs need to upgrade or refresh their cookware now and again. Consider a pretty ceramic set from Caraway. These nonstick pans are a breeze to clean up, plus, they can easily go from stovetop to oven (and withstand high temps—up to 550ºF). Oh, and did we mention they come in five gorgeous hues? See what we thought of Caraway ceramic cookware.
Magnetic Knife Rack
Keep frequently used knives handy with a wall-mounted magnetic knife rack. This acacia wood rack looks great in any kitchen and is much easier to keep clean than any knife block. Storing your knives upright like this is a great way to show off your culinary prowess and keep them in great shape. Just be sure to avoid these common kitchen knife mistakes.
KitchenAid Cordless Hand Mixer
Be tethered to the outlet no more! Give your favorite foodie a cordless hand mixer from KitchenAid. You can whip up cream, batters and doughs without getting tangled—plus, this gadget comes in several pretty colors as you’d expect from KitchenAid. And the company’s cordless line doesn’t end at hand mixers—they have cordless immersion blenders and food choppers, too.
Instant Read Thermometer
Never guess if your meat or bakes are at the right temperature ever again. An instant-read thermometer is a must for checking food safe temps fast. In our Test Kitchen, you’ll find our cooks and stylists using the Thermapen over and over again to make sure their creations are delicious, beautiful and ready to sample.
Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
What gift would our Prep Kitchen Manager, Catherine Ward want to receive? Nielsen-Massey vanilla extract. “A bottle of their Madagascar vanilla and vanilla bean paste would be a really nice, indulgent gift.” Quality vanilla extracts can often be pricey, so they make great gifts for baker friends. And be sure to check out other extracts like almond, lemon, orange and peppermint for specialty bakes.
The Perfect Apron
Cooking can be a messy business. Keep clean with a well-fitting apron from Hedley & Bennett. These durable aprons are designed by chefs, so you know they’re made to last. These aprons are fully adjustable so you can get the right fit, and they have plenty of pockets, including one perfectly sized for a phone (you know, for checking out that recipe you’re reading online!).
If your favorite chef or foodie doesn’t have a fresh herb garden on their window sill, chances are they rely upon jarred herbs and spices. Treat them to the very best with a full assortment of seasonings from the Spice House. It’s a favorite company of Senior Food Stylist Shannon Norris.
Wüsthof Paring Knife
Don’t settle for flimsy little paring knives. Instead invest in a good one, like this paring knife from Wüsthof. You’ll find our Test Kitchen cooks using these small knives constantly. They’re a must for small prep tasks—everything from peeling apples to chopping nuts to mincing garlic. While you’re shopping, be sure to check out more of our most-loved Amazon kitchen finds.
Oversized Cutting Board
When it comes to cutting boards, bigger is better. This oversized board from Epicurean is 23×14″—huge! That gives you plenty of space for chopping all sorts of veggies or carving up a chicken. Another reason we love this board: It has a groove around the perimeter to catch any liquid, so your counter stays cleaner.
A funny name for an incredibly useful countertop gizmo, though one even foodies may not already have. A salt pig is an open container that allows you to grab a pinch of salt whenever you need it without rummaging in the pantry. This ceramic container keeps salt free of clumps and at the ready.
Wine is such a big part of the culinary arts. It can be paired with any dish and even plays an important role as an ingredient. Make sure your favorite foodie is never without a bottle for their next recipe by signing them up for a wine subscription, like Taste of Home’s wine club. This service delivers bottles that suit your tastes right to your door. Not into wine? Consider these other subscription boxes for cooks and bakers.
Small, Flexible Spatulas
Whether you’re a four-star chef or a casual cook, everyone needs some small, flexible spatulas in their toolbox. Use these to scrape the last bit of peanut butter out of the jar, spread a bit of jam on toast or even whip up a batter.
Prep Kitchen Manager Catherine says that “an enameled cast-iron Dutch oven is a must-have.” These durable pieces of cookware can be used to make dinner, soups, bread (this is Catherine’s go-to Dutch oven bread recipe) and even dessert. If you really want to treat a foodie friend, go for Le Creuset. “It’s top of the line,” according to Catherine.
Tired of using a narrow Microplane or box grater to zest citrus? The tool you’re looking for is a Microplane paddle grater. This wide, flat grater is perfect for zesting large lemons and oranges. It’s also a great tool for shaving cheese to top your favorite pasta or even grating spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.
At the farmers market (every chef’s favorite destination), it’s hard to control your buying—everything is so fresh and tempting. But don’t let that fresh produce spoil. Keep it fresh with special produce keeper containers from OXO Good Grips. These special containers really do work! They extend the shelf life of your favorite veggies, berries and other fresh finds. They’re a must for any cook or veggie lover.
Restaurant Delivery Gift Card
Even the most passionate chefs and home cooks need a break from the kitchen once in a while. Treat them to a meal made by someone else and delivered right to their door with a DoorDash gift card.