You know the aromas, the tastes amaze you, but the fancy terms confuse you. Sounds like you’ve got a chef in your life! You appreciate every meal they’ve fed you, but you don’t know how to return the favor. You’re not sure what tools they use or need, what kind of cookbooks they like, or if they even use cookbooks! But we’ve put together a simple gift list that’s sure to help you support your chef.
Understanding the Chef:
- Baking vs. Cooking. Most importantly, you need to figure out if this person likes to cook or bake. Yes, they are entirely different. For the simplest definition, think baking as sweet and cooking as savory. Baking typically requires an oven (breads, pastries, cakes, etc.). When you are picking out gifts, it’s good to differentiate between the two.
- Quality. Most chefs have the basics (knives, cutting boards, mixing bowls, spatulas, etc.) but you may want to see if they could use a higher-quality version. Steer clear of inexpensive basics, unless they are a beginner. They likely have plenty or are looking for something better.
- Cookbooks. It’s good to know what type of foods your chef likes to make. You wouldn’t buy a vegetarian cookbook for someone you know loves to cook meat. You wouldn’t buy a sugar-laden pastry cookbook for someone that’s more health conscious. Be weary of the foods you’ve eaten there before and respect their tastes.
Now that we’ve laid the ground rules, here are some gift ideas to guide you.
If you know someone that loves the open flame, find some grilling accessories or a brand new toolkit. Pizza stones, meat shredders, and cedar planks are all perfect gifts for your meat-lover.
Don’t be afraid to buy something less extravagant. A chef can never have too many basics, as long as they are higher-quality (or better looking) than what they already have. Things like measuring cups, rubber spatulas, cutting boards, knives, and aprons can all be taken up a notch with simple upgrades in material, brand, or color.
Dozens of handy kitchen tools come out everyday. If you’re fast, you can find a good one before your chef does. Check out these pasta stamps, herb scissors, pizza slicers, and specialized produce cutters!
Cookbooks / Accessories
Can’t think of a cookbook that your chef doesn’t already have? Find a cute recipe organizer or a gourmet cookbook from another country. Other fun accessories include immersion blenders, dish ware, and gourmet ingredients like sea salts and flavored syrups.
For more ideas, find our Chef Gift List on Giftry. Good luck in your gift-giving ventures!