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    Chef Gifts 2012

    by Emily Bell
    December 2012

    More hours in the day. An “A” from the health department. Anxiety medication. There are some things you can get the chef in your life, and some you can’t. Here’s a list of (mostly) realistic ideas from some of our favorite culinary talent around the country. Prices vary so shop savvy.

    Le Creuset Cast Iron Enamelware

    What: Le Creuset Cast Iron Enamelware

    Pricetag: $549.95
    Whose Wish List: Chef John Besh of Besh Restaurant Group

    Big Green Egg

    What: Big Green Egg

    Pricetag:$689 to $800
    Whose Wish List: Chef RJ Cooper of Rogue 24 — Washington, DC
    Why: Not the knock-off—the real deal.

    Steam Injected Convection Oven

    What: Steam Injected Convection Oven

    Pricetag: $2,141.35
    Whose Wish List: Pastry Chef Mindy Segal of HotChocolate — Chicago, IL

    Thermapen Instant Read Digital Thermometer

    What: Thermapen Instant Read Digital Thermometer

    Pricetag: $94.98
    Whose Wish List: Pastry Chef Shuna Lydon of Calliope – New York, NY

    Carpigiani LB 100 B Ice Cream Maker

    What: Carpigiani LB 100 B Ice Cream Maker

    Pricetag: TKTK
    Whose Wish List: Pastry Chef Shuna Lydon of Calliope – New York, NY

    Masanobu Knives

    What: Masanobu Knives

    Pricetag: $185 to $450
    Whose Wish List: Chef Dan Kluger of ABC Kitchen – New York, NY

    Pasta Chitarra

    What: Pasta Chitarra

    Pricetag: $40
    Whose Wish List: Chef Dan Kluger of ABC Kitchen – New York, NY

    Rare and Antique Cookbooks

    What: Rare and Antique Cookbooks

    Pricetag: Varies
    Whose Wish List: Chef Jose Andres of ThinkFoodGroup – Washington, D.C.
    Why: They are my way of learning about the history of cooking and the history of the world. One shop I return to again and again is Bauman Rare Books in Manhattan.

    Soft Serve Ice Cream Machine

    What: Soft Serve Ice Cream Machine

    Pricetag: $1,000 to $2,000 per unit
    Whose Wish List: Pastry Chef Christina Lee of Recette – New York, NY

    16-pound Bone-in Jamón Serrano Ham from Fermín

    What: 16-pound Bone-in Jamón Serrano Ham from Fermín

    Pricetag: $275
    Whose Wish List: Chef Jesse Schenker of Recette – New York, NY

    How to Love Wine by Eric Asimov

    What: How to Love Wine by Eric Asimov

    Pricetag: $24.99
    Whose Wish List: Chef Jesse Schenker of Recette – New York, NY

    Hand-blown Glass Teapot from Anthropologie

    What: Hand-blown Glass Teapot from Anthropologie

    Pricetag: Starting at $148
    Whose Wish List: Chef Missy Robbins of A Voce Madison – New York, NY
    Why: I just recently became a tea drinker so am trying to appreciate the culture.