Best gifts for the home chef in your life

Last Updated May 2019

Home chefs tend to get giddy over kitchen supplies in much the same manner as kids let loose in LegoLand. They love the smell of baking bread, know when to steam versus poach, and have news feeds full of recipes and foodie info. Whether for the holidays, a special occasion, or just to say “thinking of you,” here are some gift ideas for that person who's the Jamie Oliver or Cat Cora in your life.

  • Digital Scale

Your home chef probably knows about leveling ingredients and the importance of using the correct containers for fluid ounces. However, the slightest error in weight can affect taste, texture, and cooking time. The stain-resistant Taylor Digital Kitchen Scale holds up to 8 pounds of an ingredient at a time, and takes up minimal table/counter space at L7.4” x W6” x H2”. It's still beneficial even if the recipient already has one, since they can then measure more at once.

  • Mortar and Pestle

Coffee grinders and food choppers are commonly used to crush spices, but a mortar and pestle better preserves the aroma and flavor. Plus there's something quite satisfying and stress-relieving about the more hands-on action this method entails. We like the rustic granite design of the Vasconia Granite Mortar and Pestle – it's durable and holds up to four cups of ground herbs. It also complements any table setting if used as a serving dish for holding a condiment or garnish.

  • Personalized Cutting and Cheese Boards

Customizing kitchenware is a terrific way to turn commonplace items into gifts. This W20” x L14” maple Wood Carving Board engraved with a three-line message makes a memorable gift. Encourage your home cook to keep up their cheese creations with a Cathy's Concepts Personalized Slate and Acacia Cheese Board. It features a swiveling top that can be customized with a two-line message and includes four handy cutting and serving utensils.

  • Carbon Knives and Knife Sharpener

Quality over quantity definitely applies to kitchen knives, as you only need a select few to effectively get all jobs done. That's why we appreciate the Mercer Culinary 4-Piece Knife Set. It's a lovely ensemble of bread, paring, filet, and 8” chef's knives with ergonomically designed handles and carbon steel blades. Although carbon cuts more precisely and dulls at a slower rate than stainless steel, it still requires maintenance. Add the Chef's Choice Diamond Hone Compact Knife Sharpener to their gift so their knives stay in tip-top shape. It provides three settings for sharpening and is small enough for easy storage in a cabinet or on the countertop.

  • Mandoline Slicer

Paper-thin slices of vegetables crisp up wonderfully when cooked, look striking on a plate, and allow for extra flavor to be stacked atop a sandwich or burger. With the non-skid Swissmar Borner V-Slicer Plus Mandoline, home chefs can use 3.5mm and 7mm inserts to create shreds and julienne cuts. Better yet, the slicer has a steel-pin grip safety holder for peace of mind while utilizing this fun and impressive tool.

  • Copper Cookware

Copper's popularity as cookware is still trending—it’s noted for its safety, sturdy weight, and impressive rate of heat conductivity. The Copper Chef 8” and 11” Deep Dish Pan Set is a fabulous way to either introduce your home chef to its benefits or add to their collection. Tempered glass lids are included, the square pans can be used in the oven or atop the stove, and they have induction plate bottoms to promote even browning and cooking.

  • Practical Accessories

When in doubt for what to get someone who loves to cook, consider decorative containers full of necessary gadgets. The Zyliss Susi 3 Garlic Press is simple to use – just plop in unpeeled cloves and push the clamps together. No more frustration over peeling skins off and dealing with lingering garlic odor. Speaking of pungency, the Ayesha Curry Pantryware Parawood Single Cavity Salt Box is perfect for more than just the seasoning in its name. Pick up a few of these 4” lidded cellars to hold garlic bulbs, spice rubs, sweeter spices, and tea leaf blends.

Up the potent kick peppercorns and rock salt give to a dish with the Cuisinart Specialty Rechargeable Mill. It features an adjustable grind setting for pulverizing two ingredients at once. For the ultimate in convenience and ease when making soups, sauces, puddings, and drinks, there's the stainless steel Braun MultiQuick 7 Smart-Speed Hand Blender. The whisking and beating attachments, 6-cup food processor base, and various slicing inserts may entice you to get one for yourself, too.

Written by: Robyn Alezanders