11 Gift Ideas for the Expert Home Chef

We love new kitchen gadgets, but its best to stick to essentials when buying gear for a passionate home chef. Save the smart forks and Bluetooth toasters for your nutty uncle, because real kitchen warriors just want the nitty-gritty. Dope-ass knives. Dependable skillets. No-nonsense mixers. Remember: The better the gifts you give a chef, the more pleasure your own taste buds will receive.

01

Misono UX10 Gyutou

Any home cook worth a lick of salt already has a chefs knife. Its the essential tool in their arsenal, and theyve formed a bond with it you dont want to mess with. It could be a German chefs knife, which is a well-balanced workhorse. Or it may be a Japanese chefs knife, a high-maintenance precision tool that slices see-through sashimi. This hybrid knife($175) combines German power and Japanese exactitude, making it the perfectaddition to anyones block. It maystart off as their second-fiddle knife, but it’ll earn first-stringstatus before long.

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Any home cook worth a lick of salt already has a chefs knife. Its the essential tool in their arsenal, and theyve formed a bond with it you dont want to mess with. It could be a German chefs knife, which is a well-balanced workhorse. Or it may be a Japanese chefs knife, a high-maintenance precision tool that slices see-through sashimi. This hybrid knife($175) combines German power and Japanese exactitude, making it the perfectaddition to anyones block. It maystart off as their second-fiddle knife, but it’ll earn first-stringstatus before long.

02

Breville Smart Grinder Pro

Elbow grease is part of what makes cooking fun, but your giftee doesnt want to spend all day hand-grinding coffee beans. We loved the original Breville Smart Grinder, and this step-up model($200) ups the ante with 60 settings that can grindsuper-fine espresso, chunky French-press grounds, and everything in between.

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Elbow grease is part of what makes cooking fun, but your giftee doesnt want to spend all day hand-grinding coffee beans. We loved the original Breville Smart Grinder, and this step-up model($200) ups the ante with 60 settings that can grindsuper-fine espresso, chunky French-press grounds, and everything in between.

03

Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet

If they only own onecast-iron skillet, get them a second onein a size they don’t already have. This brawny Lodge jawn($16 and up) is just about the best-reviewed option out there.And because cast-iron doesn’t react too well to soapy water, why not throw in ahandy (and cheap) cleaning-tool set?

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If they only own onecast-iron skillet, get them a second onein a size they don’t already have. This brawny Lodge jawn($16 and up) is just about the best-reviewed option out there.And because cast-iron doesn’t react too well to soapy water, why not throw in ahandy (and cheap) cleaning-tool set?

04

Kuhn Rikon Corn Holders

These are corn holders($12). Theyre shaped like little ears of corn. They keep melted butter off your hands. They screw into your corn, and they also screw into each other for efficient storage. You can use them with full-size corn. You can also use them with baby corn, as a joke.

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These are corn holders($12). Theyre shaped like little ears of corn. They keep melted butter off your hands. They screw into your corn, and they also screw into each other for efficient storage. You can use them with full-size corn. You can also use them with baby corn, as a joke.

05

Tojiro Bread Slicer

As its near-perfect score on Amazon would indicate, this serrated sword ($50) is the bestthing since sliced bread. (In fact, logic would indicate that its greatness actually predates the existence of sliced bread.) It does more than lop loaves, too. Use it for fruit. Use it for prime rib. Use it for big ol blocks of chocolate. Just use it carefully, because its verysharp.

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As its near-perfect score on Amazon would indicate, this serrated sword ($50) is the bestthing since sliced bread. (In fact, logic would indicate that its greatness actually predates the existence of sliced bread.) It does more than lop loaves, too. Use it for fruit. Use it for prime rib. Use it for big ol blocks of chocolate. Just use it carefully, because its verysharp.

06

KitchenAid Artisan Mixer

The best mixer out there is also the most iconic. KitchenAids tilt-head Artisan stand mixer($350) is available in every color imaginable, and its also pretty pricey. But its beloved by bakers for a reason, and there are a slew of attachments to helpwithanything from making ravioli to stuffing sausage. Its not just a mixer, its the motor for afood-makingplatform.

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The best mixer out there is also the most iconic. KitchenAids tilt-head Artisan stand mixer($350) is available in every color imaginable, and its also pretty pricey. But its beloved by bakers for a reason, and there are a slew of attachments to helpwithanything from making ravioli to stuffing sausage. Its not just a mixer, its the motor for afood-makingplatform.

07

DeBuyer Mineral B Element Pans

If cast-ironis already abundant in your loved one’s kitchen, then round out their cookwarecollection with these similar but lighter carbon-steel pans ($35 and up). The svelter weight makes them better for shaking things around with one hand. Theyre oven-friendly just like cast-iron, and the non-stickqualities of their smoother surfaces improve the more you cook with them.

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If cast-ironis already abundant in your loved one’s kitchen, then round out their cookwarecollection with these similar but lighter carbon-steel pans ($35 and up). The svelter weight makes them better for shaking things around with one hand. Theyre oven-friendly just like cast-iron, and the non-stickqualities of their smoother surfaces improve the more you cook with them.

08

ChefSteps Joule

OK, maybe theres a little room for newfangled gadgets in a no-nonsense kitchen. The Joule ($200) is a handy tool for sous-vide sorcery, offering app-based controls and temperature readouts. The app also lets you choose how rare you want your rib eye just by tapping the appropriate mouth-watering video. If your giftee scoffs at all that automation, just keep it for yourself and blow them away with aperfect pig. Everybody wins.

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OK, maybe theres a little room for newfangled gadgets in a no-nonsense kitchen. The Joule ($200) is a handy tool for sous-vide sorcery, offering app-based controls and temperature readouts. The app also lets you choose how rare you want your rib eye just by tapping the appropriate mouth-watering video. If your giftee scoffs at all that automation, just keep it for yourself and blow them away with aperfect pig. Everybody wins.

09

Breville Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker

At long last, its time for dessert. And its going to be awesome if you use this best-in-class ice-cream maker($400). Oh, you didnt make those frozen treats in advance? Doesnt matter, because this heroic machine whips up a batch of fro-yo, gelato, sorbet, or hard-serve in an hour. Just remember to pace yourself while you’re eating it.

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At long last, its time for dessert. And its going to be awesome if you use this best-in-class ice-cream maker($400). Oh, you didnt make those frozen treats in advance? Doesnt matter, because this heroic machine whips up a batch of fro-yo, gelato, sorbet, or hard-serve in an hour. Just remember to pace yourself while you’re eating it.

10

Mac Professional Paring Knife

If that ace chef on your list needs new material for dad jokes, this excellent paring knife($60)is theperfect present. Namely: Hey, want to see my Mac Pro? Its a cut above the Macintosh. Then theyll start removing the skin from an apple with this appealing little blade. Then you’ll groan and eat some dang apple slices.

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If that ace chef on your list needs new material for dad jokes, this excellent paring knife($60)is theperfect present. Namely: Hey, want to see my Mac Pro? Its a cut above the Macintosh. Then theyll start removing the skin from an apple with this appealing little blade. Then you’ll groan and eat some dang apple slices.

11

Nelson Woodshop Cutting Boards

Your giftee needs performance equipment in the kitchen, but that doesnt mean they cant have a little fun. These handmade walnut and maple cutting boards($115 to $150) give pixellated props to video games. There are a couple of gorgeous Pac-Man-themed boards, a Space Invaders chopping block, and a solid slab of Minecraft-related merriment.

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Your giftee needs performance equipment in the kitchen, but that doesnt mean they cant have a little fun. These handmade walnut and maple cutting boards($115 to $150) give pixellated props to video games. There are a couple of gorgeous Pac-Man-themed boards, a Space Invaders chopping block, and a solid slab of Minecraft-related merriment.

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