The Wishlist: Chef’s Holiday Gift Guide

You’ve never seen anyone chop so fast, and how they turned the half dozen pilfered mustard packets in your fridge and two cans of beans into a three course meal, you’ll never know, but you can’t help respect the prowess the chef in your life shows in the kitchen. Maybe they’re a baker that dazzles at making dessert or a master at working the grill, but whenever they whip something up, it always pleases your palate. The holidays are the time to show them how much you appreciate their stunning contribution to every potluck and the meals, appetizers, and delicious experiments you’ve sampled over the last 12 months.

In selecting gifts that would suit the chef that you’re shopping for, we thought outside the kitchen basics to help them do what they do best so that they can churn out more tongue twisting wonders from that room that has both the hot and cold boxes in it. Each of our 20 gifts for the chef will keep the sweet eats coming faster and easier so that everyone wins.

Joseph Joseph Spaghetti Measure

Joseph Joseph Spaghetti Measure

It never fails. No matter how many times you’ve done it, you either make too much or too little pasta. Never again have mounds of leftovers or be trying to make more in the middle of the meal. The Spaghetti Measure gives the right serving every time with just a click and a twist.

Purchase: $9

Joseph Joseph Rocker Garlic Crusher

Joseph Joseph Rocker Garlic Crusher

Crush it, mash it, mince it, or press it, the Rocker is the last garlic tool a chef will ever need. Tough as nails and capable of doing all of the work of a garlic press without getting garlic all over the user’s hands, there’s no simpler method for that fresh garlic flavor.

Purchase: $10

Cuisinart Stuffed Burger Press

Cuisinart Stuffed Burger Press

Stuffed burgers are a beast to make, but also so delicious they’re hard to refuse. If you know a barbecuer who likes to do it right, they need these to perfect their wonderful burgers and save them time playing with their food.

Purchase: $11

Original Bear Paws

Original Bear Paws

Here’s the easy way to shred meat, toss salads, or just handle hot food without scalding your hands. The Bear Paws work for grilling as easily as handling your Thanksgiving feast. Cool plastic doesn’t conduct heat well for a cool-to-the-touch utility that is always handy.

Purchase: $13

Pizzacraft Grilled Pizza Cone Set

Pizzacraft Grilled Pizza Cone Set

If you’ve never had a pizza cone, then it’s time to put your favorite chef to work. With the ability to make a pair of the cheesy cones, simple cleanup, easy use, and low price, there’s simply no excuse for not giving these away.

Purchase: $15

Thug Kitchen Official Cookbook

Thug Kitchen Cookbook

A recipe book that’s useful and fun, the Thug Kitchen will help to inspire any chef you know and give them plenty of unbeatable, healthy recipes that taste amazing without clogging up arteries or expanding waistlines.

Purchase: $15

Ozeri Touch Digital Kitchen Scale

Ozeri Touch Digital Kitchen Scale

Using tough, tempered glass that can stand up to loads of punishment, the precision accuracy of the Ozeri Touch scale allows cooks to get measurements exact for better flavor that comes from the perfect mixture. Easy to read and able to estimate recipe changes due to weight differences.

Purchase: $19

Fred & Friends Obsessive Chef Cutting Board

Fred & Friends Obsessive Chef Cutting Board

With tons of exact demarcations built right in, a cook can now get the right cut even when they’re dicing quickly. The measurements are burnished onto the board so they won’t fade or degrade, and different models offer various measurements for every type of meal.

Purchase: $20

Black+Blum Thermo Pot

Black+Blum Thermo Pot

A classy way to carry a homecooked meal just about anywhere, the Thermo Pot uses a vacuum seal to keep hot foods piping hot and cold foods refrigerator cool for hours. It even has its own magnetic spoon for simple dining.

Purchase: $42

Old Stone Oven Baking Stone

Old Stone Oven Baking Stone

True firebrick construction means that this stone can withstand extremely high temperatures without cracking or degrading, and will give you flaky pizza crust or delightful danishes every time. It even avoids sticking so your bread and dough come off with just a scrape and a tug.

Purchase: $47

Grovemade Walnut Placemat

Grovemade Walnut Placemat

Imported German wool felt on the bottom, hand-sanded real walnut on the top, this is a placemat that will dress up the simplest of meals. Don’t let your chef’s fine foods sit on cheap pads from a garage sale; give them the honor they deserve on a refined mat.

Purchase: $49

Bottle Grinder

Bottle Grinder

Bring the flavor of freshly ground sea salt, peppercorns, or any of your favorite seasonings right to the table. With this small, minimalist set of ceramic grinders, you’ll be able to get spices the way they were meant to be tasted.

Purchase: $55

Apolis Utility Apron

Apolis Utility Apron

Made entirely of heavy-duty hemp canvas, this is way above and beyond any cheap “Kiss The Cook” apron. It’s made for workshop-level tasks, which means it can stand up to serious grease splatters and igniting the perfect Cherries Jubilee without scorching. This is the go big or go home apron.

Purchase: $73

Magic Bullet NutriBullet

Magic Bullet NutriBullet

There’s no more need to fight with a clumsy blender when your chef needs really smooth fruits and vegetables. The Nutribullet pulverizes produce quickly and easily at enhanced speed for faster smoothies and cleaner mixtures. It also adds healthy nutrients without the bulk.

Purchase: $78

iGrill2 Bluetooth Thermometer

iGrill2 Bluetooth Thermometer

Using a smart Bluetooth 4.0 connection along with a base unit and plenty of probes for all your meats, the iGrill 2 is the wireless thermometer of note. Plenty of settings let this be customized while the brilliant app will scream bloody murder should the grill get too hot or the meat begin to broil.

Purchase: $100

Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Cook's Knife

Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Cook’s Knife

A bit expensive for a knife, but when you give this as a gift, you are asking for a lifetime of gratitude. Wüsthof is the first and last name in chef’s knives, so know that this will be received with rousing applause by any kitchen jockey who knows their equipment.

Purchase: $109

7-knife Wenge Magnetic Knife Holder

7-knife Wenge Magnetic Knife Holder

If your chef is still wasting precious counter space with a knife block, then you need to give the maestro room to work. Offer them 7 magnetic positions for their blades with easy access. Constructed of rare earth magnets that won’t damage the blades so they’re always cutting board ready.

Purchase: $120

Finex Cast Iron Skillet

Finex Cast Iron Skillet

From cooking up eggs over a campfire to browning meat or sautéing vegetables, if your cook doesn’t already own a true cast iron skillet, or they need one of a different size, then this is a gift of necessity. With angular edges for easier scraping and serving, there’s just no downside.

Purchase: $125+

T-fal OptiGrill

T-fal OptiGrill

You can’t let your favorite cook stop their grilling just because it’s cold outside. They must have a quality indoor grill with loads of settings, smart sensors, and plenty of searing power. With the OptiGrill, they’ll have all that and more for stuffed burgers and well-done steak no matter the weather.

Purchase: $178

Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator

Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator

A truly professional device, the circulator will cook foods in their own juices with even movement so that each part reaches the perfect temperature with no hot or cold spots ruining a delicate dish. As easy to clean as it is to use, this will take your chef’s game to the next level.

Purchase: $393

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