Though the oohs and aahhs may come when the table is set and filled with culinary triumphs, the real hero of the day is the chef and his/her tools behind the scenes. Check out this gift guide for the home chef on your list.
LINEN FULL APRON $50.00
A classically cut, full-coverage apron from Japanese designer Yumiko Sekine for Fog Linen Work that protects even the messiest cook from errant splatters and drips. Two generous front pockets store kitchen tools or utensils while the understated, heavyweight linen makes this an apron you’ll want to wear––even after the guests arrive.
Courtesy of: Fog Linen
MOSSER GLASS 3-PIECE MIXING BOWL SET $65 – $85
Perfect for mixing and serving, these Mosser glass products are great for adding an understated dose of vintage charm to your kitchen. They're still made by a small family owned and operated company with original molds and machinery from nearly half a century ago, while the clear, bright colors and intricate molded patterns are modeled after American antique glassware.
COPPER MEASURING CUPS $19
Portion control. Made in India, these shiny Copper Measuring Cups are as functional in a kitchen as they are beautiful, when hung on a hook.
ENAMELED CAST IRON FRENCH OVEN $325
This updated kitchen classic enhances the cooking process by evenly distributing heat and locking in the optimal amount of moisture. With ergonomic handles and an advanced interior enamel that resists chipping and cleans easily, Le Creuset’s French ovens blend the best of the past with the latest innovations in comfort and functionality.
IITTALA TOOLS SAUCEPAN $295
Developed with the insight of professional chefs and the material mastery of designer Björn Dahlström, this range of highly designed cookware was created for people with a large appetite for life. The generously sized pieces are perfect for even the most demanding occasions, adding ease and control to every aspect of cooking and serving.
SHUN CLASSIC CHEF’S KNIFE, 6" $157
Shun Classic’s tasteful and contemporary design features a beautiful Damascus-clad blade and D-shaped ebony pakkawood handle. Behind the knife’s beauty is function: a razor-sharp blade offering precision performance.
1.3.2 CHISEL: WALNUT CUTTING BOARD $130
Made from solid and durable walnut wood, the 1.3.2 Chisel is a dynamic, multi-purpose kitchen tool perfectly suited for cutting, serving and charcuterie and cheese. Its unique form lends a contemporary feel while venerable craftsmanship provide an artisanal quality.
KITCHEN LETTERS $35-$60
Kitchen Letters are letters in the mail from chefs–connecting foodies and chefs around the country. Letters have been penned by Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars, Phoebe Lapine of Feed Me Phoebe, John Beaver of Oaktown Spice Shop, Diana Hardeman of MilkMade Ice Cream, and Agatha + Erin of Ovenly. Rumor has it the line up for 2014 includes Evan Kleiman of Good Food on NPR (KCRW), Dominique Ansel and Mast Brothers (plus a bunch more). The letters are stuffed with anecdotes, tips + tricks, and a seasonal, simple recipe, and sent out twice a month.