Is there a chef on your shopping list this holiday season? Or do you just know someone who loves to cook? Or who maybe has some aspirations of greatness when watching the Food Network? Surprise them with an amazing gift this Christmas. Who knows? They may just use the gift to make you a special dish, making it a gift for you, as well.
Here are a few top ideas for the chef in your life this holiday season:
Quality Stock Pot
Every chef needs a good stock pot. This oversized pot is not something that most amateur chefs own, so it’s an excellent gift to help them outfit their professional kitchen. Choose a heavy duty model from a name brand that will deliver superior performance and have a long life span.
The blender you have in your kitchen right now is probably just fine for mixing up the occasional fruit smoothie and maybe a margarita or two. But if you try to blend up kale, you’ll quickly see where your blender is lacking. A serious cook needs a serious blender, like a Breville or Vitamix. Breville products including blenders, kettles, smart grinders, juicers and other kitchen appliances are all high-quality, so you can’t go wrong with this brand.
A set of good knives is a must for any chef. Even if someone already has a set, they will always welcome new chef’s knives. Professional fluted knives for chefs are the top choice. Look for name brands to know that you are getting quality. Consider adding essential accessories to your gift, such as a knife sharpener or knife block.
Good cooks are particular about their ingredients, and that means picking out the highest quality meats available. In most cases, that also means grinding the meat fresh since the best meat comes in a filet or roast form. A good meat grinder is essential for a professional or aspiring chef.
A countertop model is enough for the home chef. Look for a model that is easy to clean and accommodates different accessories.
Great chefs aren’t just cooks — they’re also bakers. A stand mixer is a must for professional baking. Of course, the premier brand for stand mixers is Kitchen Aid, but you can find other quality models at a lower price point. A good stand mixer will come with a variety of attachments for different purposes, such as a whisk, kneading hook (for bread), and paddle.
Brands like Kitchen Aid also include attachments that can turn the mixer into a meat grinder, pasta maker, ice cream maker, and nut butter maker. Choose a model that offers the most flexibility, and buy it in a neutral color.
The chef in your life would love to open up any of these gifts under the tree this year. Consider treating that special person with one of these excellent gifts, and reap the benefits of their exceptional cooking.