Gift Ideas for Chefs 2005
By Nina Rubin
What do you get for the chef who has everything?
We asked some of our 2005 Rising Stars for their indispensable kitchen
tools. Here are their must-haves—just in time for the holidays.
Keep this list in your back pocket when you’re shopping for
your favorite chef or ambitious foodie.
- Misono knife: Misonos are the Ferraris of knives.
Sharp, thin, able to slice through just about anything, they’re
the preferred tool of not one, but four of our Rising Star chefs.
Sugie of Asiate in New York uses one knife
for everything, and this is his pick. Chris
Cosentino of Incanto in San Francisco “can’t
live without” his. For Paul
Piscopo of XYZ at W Hotel, San Francisco,
it’s the easy maintenance that keeps him coming back. And
Josh DeChellis of Sumile and Jovia
in New York raves about his Misono UX 10 Slicer, which has a carbon-steel
blend—carbon for the razor-like sharpness, steel for the
length. “It’s the longest slicer that they make,”
says DeChellis. The 240 mm Misono UX 10 Slicer is
$159.57 at japanesechefsknife.com.
- Gray Kunz Sauce Spoon: The sauce spoon is one
of the unsung heroes of the kitchen. Sean
Griffin of Neros at Caesars Palace, Las
Vegas, finds that using a spoon for saucing is “more artistic
than a squirt bottle.” Eric
Klein of SW Steakhouse at Wynn Las Vegas
has had his favorite spoon since 1996, and always has it with
him. The Gray Kunz Sauce Spoon, an especially popular model amongst
chefs, is $8.50 at jbprince.com.
lucky (and funded) enough to have truffles in your kitchen,
at the MGM Grand, Las
Vegas, you might as well spring for a slicer. They come in a
range of prices, but on the more economical end, the Messermeister
Professional Truffle Slicer
is only $39.95 at sharpknives.com.
is simple: A food injector is basically a syringe used for cooking.
Larger ones are used for solids like garlic and butter, while
smaller injectors are for thin marinades and other liquids.
Pastry Chef Ralph
of Bradley Ogden
at Caesars Palace,
Las Vegas, loves to use it when making his homemade ice pops.
The ZAP Injector
is sold at kitchenconservatory.com
peppermills have been produced for over 100 years, so you know
you’re getting something that’s been refined over
the ages. Chris
swears by his, though
sadly, he lost it at a James Beard event. He could get another
one at penzeys.com for $37.95 (7.5 inches).
Taylor Digital Instant Read Thermometer:
Thermometers go well beyond cooking turkey at Thanksgiving.
Two of our San Francisco Rising Star Pastry Chefs, Christine
, think that they’re
absolutely indispensable for dessert making. Taylor makes several
high-quality, shatterproof models with easy-to-read displays.
They’re sold for $18.50 at cooking.com.