2023 Best Modern Gifts for Chefs, Cooks, and the Culinary Curious
Whether you’re shopping for the aspiring home chef, the seasoned gastronome, or the culinary explorer always seeking the next kitchen adventure, our carefully selected list promises to elevate their epicurean experience. From innovative gadgets to posh ingredients, each of the gifts on this list not only inspires creativity in the kitchen but also adds a touch of design sophistication to any culinary space. Delight the food enthusiasts in your life with these thoughtfully chosen gift items that go beyond the ordinary and celebrate the artistry of cooking.
There are those who are determined to perfect their knife skills… and then there are those who seek perfection period. Winner of the iF Design Award in 2021, The Ritter Piatto 5 manual food slicer combines solid traditional craftsmanship with modern technological know-how. It is operated by a smooth-running crank with a beech wood handle and does not require external power allowing it to be used anywhere. Thanks to highly functional materials and its timeless design, the slicer fits into practically every environment. It is equipped with a guide bracket for better results when slicing large and hard-to-cut pieces. Once the food is sliced, it drops onto the bamboo board provided for this purpose. Four suction cups ensure non-slip safety.
Hog Island Oyster Club – 3 month subscription \\\ $290 + Noma Project’s Forager’s Vinaigrette \\\ $30
The Hog Island Oyster Club Box comes with a mix of Hog Island oysters and specially curated oysters from sustainable growers delivered to their door. Their first box will include a shucking knife, shucking gloves, and Chef-curated recipes! After you place your gift subscription order, they’ll email you a digital gift certificate so you can share your gift with the giftee whenever the time is right.
The cherry on top of this gift is adding Noma Project’s Forager’s Vinaigrette, perfect with shallots for a mignonette to remember. The blackcurrant wood oil, is harvested from blackcurrant branches when they are young, tender and vibrant green with chlorophyll and blend them into a bright and aromatic oil. The Wild Rose Vinegar is made from fragrant wild rose petals, foraged by hand and blended in an incredibly high concentration to create a delicate, balanced, and floral vinegar. Forager’s Vinaigrette is also delicious for salads, grilled vegetables, and as a marinade for raw seafood in a ceviche.
Ideal for curious young chefs eager to help in the kitchen, the Le Petit Chef collection is a beginner knife set designed to safely teach kids cutting and peeling skills they’ll use their whole lives! This trio keeps safety top of mind for little hands with a knife that features a rounded tip and educational ring to help position the fingers and prevent the hand from slipping onto the blade. Another finger ring on the peeler teaches kids to have a more secure grip, allowing safe peeling. The tools are all made with stainless steel blades and beech wood handles. These real kitchen tools are sharp – adult supervision is recommended when using the Le Petit Chef products. Combine the Opinel trio with Fredericks and Mae’s exclusive cutting boards inspired by Modernist painting’s bold colors and lush tones.
Slow Food, Fast Cars: Casa Maria Luigia – Stories and Recipes by Massimo Bottura, Lara Gilmore, and Jessica Rosval \\\ $60
For any aspiring chef or lover of food, Massimo Bottura is an icon. Imagine sharing the story and recipes of Casa Maria Luigia, Massimo Bottura and Lara Gilmore’s idyllic guest house, set in the heart of the Italian countryside. Casa Maria Luigia offers exquisite food, as well as amazing art, intriguing design objects, beautiful interiors, and an impressive collection of cars and motorcycles. Through illuminating texts, simple recipes, and evocative images, this book captures the extraordinary experience of staying at Casa Maria Luigia. The book features 85 recipes for dishes and drinks served at Casa Maria Luigia to make at home, including jams and preserves, cakes and pastries, frittatas and focaccias, salads, and drinks, as well as a selection of fish, meat, and vegetable dishes.
Let’s face it, butter makes it all better! But not all butters are created equal. And then there are flavored butters, like seaweed, or Espelette. Give the gift of exquisite butter from Le Beurre Bordier in a beautifully designed glass container by Ferm Living, made from 100% recycled glass. The gift is made complete with ButterUp, the best thing to happen to your breakfast since sliced bread. A special knife designed to turn a hard brick of butter into sumptuous, spreadable ribbons. Its form was perfected by self-proclaimed “butter enthusiasts” who prototyped a plethora of models before finally settling on a design that features a wide blade with built-in grater for maximum butter-to-bread surface area. Spread the love to your foodie friends.
Nothing is more satisfying than returning home and laying out your farmer’s market bounty. Here is the container my family uses to hold the fruits and vegetables in a single straight line while we start planning our week’s menus. The elongated oval shape is reminiscent of an old-fashioned racetrack. It’s made of one single piece of slightly curved beech wood and designed by Ron Gilad, for Danese Milano.
Having your chef knives on display and at the ready is essential for so many aspiring chefs. This solid natural oak wood 2-in-1 shelf and magnetic board offer both functions united by a simple twist. The shelf comes in 3 versions: natural oak, smoked oak, and black oiled oak.
Need a delicious bottle of wine that looks as interesting as it tastes? Well look no further. I had the pleasure of tasting with wine broker and former sommelier, Matt Ahern, founder of the Wonderland Project. With the help of pedigreed Sonoma grape growers, the Wonderland Project was born in 2010 to celebrate California. Each bottle is adorned with eye catching artwork commissioned by Cheyene Randall. From orange, rosé, and red, the tasting notes read like poetry, filled with details that transport you to the vineyard at harvest time.
Linens are the perfect base to any holiday table setting. But do we always need to buy new? My current obsession is Susan Holland’s vintage echo printed linens by PLUCK Collective in Miami. This collection brings new life to existing objects. From wine staining to marigold printing, I love how the prints reflect the random unpredictability of nature itself. Similar to how a well-worn marble countertop tells the story of your entertaining past, Pluck’s rich linen’s imperfections and texture make them as stunning as they are forgiving to inevitable party fouls or accidents.
Carmen and Aaron grew up in parallel worlds, both raised in Spain by Chinese parents, both from families of hard-working entrepreneurs. As kids, they both ate Spanish and Chinese food, often combined together in delicious and inventive ways. Nearly 20 years ago, they moved to the US, where high-quality Spanish charcuterie was hard to find. And thus, Mercado Famous – an unbelievably special brand of quality Spanish meats – was born. The showstopper gift is the King of the Charcuterie, the centerpiece of the party, a whole Jamon from a free range, 100% Serrano pig, shipped whole for you to slice fresh. Grain fed and cured for over 18 months, it’s the finest and most prestigious ham in the world. Perfect for elite dining, holiday parties, and bold tapas menus. Serves 40.
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