What do you get the
chef who has everything? We asked some of our Miami Rising Stars
what their indispensable kitchen tools are. So, just in time for
the holidays, here are their must-haves. No matter what your price
range is, there’s something for that impossible-to-please
chef or foodie in your life.
Vorwerk Thermomix: Jordi
of Mosaico and Salero swears by his Thermomix.
This all-in-one appliance cooks, steams, kneads, blends, whips,
emulsifies, homogenizes, grates, mills, pulverizes, chops, and
minces. It may sound too good to be true, like the classic Saturday
Night Live Bass-o-matic skit, but Chef Valles attests that it’s
“an amazing tool.” Contact the Thermomix USA headquarters
at (888) 867-9375 to find a dealer in your area.
F.A. Porsche Knives:
quality, sharp knives are indispensable in the culinary world.
Every chef has his or her preferred brand. Marc
of the Loews Miami Beach Hotel has fallen
in love with his F.A. Porsche knives, made of Japanese 301 alloy
steel. “I have the whole collection,” Ehrler says.
And you can, too. The 14-piece set is available for $589.00
Laptop Computer and Digital Camera:
If you’re a serious chef, it’s time to
embrace the digital revolution. Use a computer to organize your
recipes and keep track of accounts and food costs, not to mention
to do internet research and email. Take it one step further
and use a digital camera to photograph all of your beautifully
Executive Pastry Chef of Mundo
scored his position by giving Chef Norman Van Aken a digital
slideshow of his entire portfolio. Here are some user-friendly
Toshiba Satellite M35X-S329 15.4" Notebook PC
$1,399.00 on Amazon.com
Apple iBook Notebook 14" M9628LL
$1,949.93 on Amazon.com
Sony Cybershot DSC-T1 5.1MP Digital Camera with 3x
$449.94 on Amazon.com
Peltex Fish Spatula: Carmen
of Carmen the Restaurant says she cannot
live without a fish spatula. The Peltex stainless steel slotted
spatula from France is the preferred tool of many chefs. The
11-inch Peltex sells for $13.80 on jbprince.com.
of Norman’s says chopsticks enable him to handle
food delicately. He uses them for all stages of his cooking,
from preparing to plating food. Don’t be cheap and use
those splintery things that come with your sushi takeout - invest
in a few quality pairs. A set of two ebony wood chopsticks with
silver-plated trim makes an elegant gift - $45 on redenvelope.com.
The Silpat is here
to stay! Husband and wife team Edgar
Montero de Castro
of Cacao use these handy baking
mats for both savory and sweet purposes --Edgar uses them to
make a wafer-thin variation of an arepa, while Mariana uses
them for all her pastries so she doesn’t have to use any
extra fats in her baking. The standard-size Silpats (11 5/8”
x 16 1/2") sell for $24.00 or 2 for $40 on marthastewart.com.