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Chef Gifts 2011

by Francoise Villeneuve
December 2011

Black Friday and Cyber Monday whizzed past like a flash. You’ve barely wrapped up Thanksgiving service and now you’re heading into holiday party season. We get it. It’s not that you don’t care about your staff. But you barely have time to catch a breath this time of year, let alone hunt for gifts for the people who most deserve them (your staff not least among them). So we did the legwork for you and went straight to the source. We asked mixologists, chefs, pastry chefs, and somms across the country what was on their wish list this year. And with our annual gift guide, we cover all the bases, from off-beat gifts for under $15 to the stuff of dreams (and winning lottery tickets) for the harried chef, pastry chef, somm, or mixologist in your life to use behind the line, behind the bar, or at home (if and when they finally get the day off). Oh, and to the hopeful mixologist who told us he wanted “an all-expenses paid trip to Oaxaca and a customs agent that was sympathetic to mezcal enthusiasts,” we didn’t put that on the list, but we hear you, man.

(We’ve heard the Chef Picks app by StarChefs.com, Off the Beaten Path Edition is a great holiday gift too. Just sayin.)

Chef and Pastry Chef Gifts

Ticket to 2012 Barbecue Summer Camp at Texas A&M Meat Science Department
WHAT: Ticket to 2012 Barbecue Summer Camp at Texas A&M Meat Science Department
PRICE TAG: $495 for Foodways Texas members
WHOSE WISH LIST: 2011 Houston Rising Star Chef Randy Evans of Haven – Houston, TX
Chicken coop accessories: hanging watering cans, large galvanized cans for storage of food and shavings, and feeders
WHAT: Chicken coop accessories: hanging watering cans, large galvanized cans for storage of food and shavings, and feeders
PRICE TAG: $15.98 to $35.99
WHOSE WISH LIST: Chef and Restaurateur Renee Erickson of Boat Street Cafe, Boat Street Pickles, and The Walrus and the Carpenter – Seattle, WA
HOLIDAY WISH: For “my new chicken coop to be finished.”
Adrian Camut Calvados
WHAT: Adrian Camut Calvados
PRICE TAG: $66.99
WHOSE WISH LIST: Chef and Restaurateur Renee Erickson of Boat Street Cafe, Boat Street Pickles, and The Walrus and the Carpenter – Seattle, WA
HOLIDAY WISH: “To buy Adrian Camut Calvados here in Washington, now that we have the new liquor law ... rather than hauling it home from France.”
In lieu of an actual meal at Montreal's Au Pied de Cochon, one can get one of their rad t-shirts online
WHAT: “In lieu of an actual meal at Montreal's Au Pied de Cochon, one can get one of their rad t-shirts online.”
PRICE TAG: $30.00 Canadian
WHOSE WISH LIST: Pastry Chef Michael Laiskonis of Le Bernardin – New York, NY
The chef-designed bags from Vaughn Trannon
WHAT: “The chef-designed bags from Vaughn Trannon. I bought one of these last year, and I use it a ton. Perfect for traveling with ingredients and equipment.”
PRICE TAG: $139.00
WHOSE WISH LIST: Pastry Chef Michael Laiskonis of Le Bernardin – New York, NY
Hawaiian ice shaver
WHAT: Hawaiian ice shaver
PRICE TAG: $17.95
WHOSE WISH LIST: Pastry Chef Johnny Iuzzini of Jean Georges – New York, NY
Le Creuset Dutch Oven
WHAT: Le Creuset Dutch Oven
PRICE TAG: $129.95
WHOSE WISH LIST: Pastry Chef Johnny Iuzzini of Jean Georges – New York, NY
Big Green Egg
WHAT: Big Green Egg
PRICE TAG: $540.00
WHOSE WISH LIST: Pastry Chef Johnny Iuzzini of Jean Georges – New York, NY

Mixo Gifts

Yarai Mixing Glass
WHAT: Yarai Mixing Glass
PRICE TAG: $52.95
WHOSE WISH LIST: 2011 Houston Rising Star Mixologist Bobby Heugel of Anvil Bar & Refuge – Houston, TX
Sony - Alpha NEX-5 14.2-Megapixel Digital Camera
WHAT: Sony - Alpha NEX-5 14.2-Megapixel Digital Camera
PRICE TAG: $649.99
WHOSE WISH LIST: 2011 New York Rising Star Mixologist Leo Robitschek of Eleven Madison Park – New York, NY
HOLIDAY WISH: “To take great cocktail and food shots.”
Bottle of Sanbitter
WHAT: Bottle of Sanbitter would be an awesome bartender stocking stuffer ... if bartenders do that kind of thing.”
PRICE TAG: $11.49 for pack of 10
WHOSE WISH LIST: 2011 Houston Rising Star Mixologist Bobby Heugel of Anvil Bar & Refuge – Houston, TX
Polyscience Sous Vide Professional Immersion Circulator
WHAT: Polyscience Sous Vide Professional Immersion Circulator
PRICE TAG: $799.95
WHOSE WISH LIST: 2011 New York Rising Star Mixologist Leo Robitschek of Eleven Madison Park – New York, NY
Julabo MB Heating Immersion Circulator
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: Julabo MB Heating Immersion Circulator
PRICE TAG: $1,411

Somm Gifts

Vinotemp
WHAT: “A small Vinotemp for my home wine storage.”
PRICE TAG: $455.99
WHOSE WISH LIST: 2011 Chicago Rising Star Sommelier Rachael Lowe of Sixteen at the Trump International Hotel & Tower – Chicago, IL
Burgundy wine glasses
WHAT: Burgundy wine glasses
PRICE TAG: $193.19
WHOSE WISH LIST: 2011 Chicago Rising Star Sommelier Rachael Lowe of Sixteen at the Trump International Hotel & Tower – Chicago, IL
El Maestro Sierra Amontillado 1830 Vinos Viejos Sherry
WHAT: El Maestro Sierra Amontillado 1830 Vinos Viejos Sherry
PRICE TAG: $99.97
WHOSE WISH LIST: Sommelier Kerin Auth of Tinto Fino – New York, NY
Code38 Pro Wine Key
WHAT: Code38 Pro Wine Key
PRICE TAG: $225
WHOSE WISH LIST: Sommelier Alexander LaPratt of db Bistro Moderne – New York, NY
Laguiole Champagne Saber
WHAT: Laguiole Champagne Saber
PRICE TAG: $299.95
WHOSE WISH LIST: Sommelier Alexander LaPratt of db Bistro Moderne – New York, NY