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We’ve got the Best Cooking Gifts for The Chef in Your Life! Show me a cook who has the proper tools and I will show you a good cook – these are some amazing cooking gifts for a guy who loves to cook. The Romans used to say, “he who cooks shall conquer the world.” Well, no…actually they didn’t say that – but the sentiment is true, nonetheless.
22 Superior Cooking Gifts for Him
If you know a guy who likes to cook, you’ve got every reason to support his habit, because it can only bring more joy to everyone around him. All jokes aside, in this world where everything is made for us on demand and the craftsmanship required by learning to cook is often overlooked in lieu of convenience, the skill of cooking is an important connection to our past. Let’s take a look at these gifts, which come in several main categories: knives, knife accessories, and general kitchenware. In case your man is also into grilling we’ve got a few awesome gifts for grilling as well.
Awesome Knives for Cooking Lovers
Sometimes I wonder who the first cook was. The first person, who, around a fire out in the wilderness, was the designated “best guy to cook this deer we just hunted down.” That kind of specialization of labor had to have happened at some point, right? And you can bet the farm that when it happened, that guy had a knife in his hand – the key tool of any self-respecting chef.
The unique look of an ulu knife is completely functional. The rounded blade means that the maximum force of your hand is always on the cutting edge. The curve is also great for mincing things like garlic and onions or cutting a pizza. As if the uniqueness of this blade wasn’t enough for a cook, it can also be customized with someone’s initials at checkout!
These two mini steak cleavers are truly beautiful. The grain of the steel and wood make a nice touch, and they’re sharp as a…well, they’re sharp as a knife. They’re in a classic wood carrying case as well so they can be brought out in their full glory and presented to guests. Great for carving a roast beef at a holiday table!
This chef’s knife, which pairs well with a knife holder we mention later on, is the most versatile tool for someone who loves to cook. The thing about a chef’s knife is that it really can do all the basics—chopping, mincing, carving, slicing… you name it. If you know a guy who’s still using the knife he got from Target years ago, it’s going to rock his world when he tries out a made for purpose knife for the first time, so do him a favor and get him one!
If you know a guy who loves cooking, there’s no reason he should still be using the thin plastic cutting board that he had in college. Think about it, do you really want those plastic bits getting in the food he’s cooking you? I mean, it says that they’re non-toxic, but do you really believe that? This is an excellent bamboo cutting board that can be customized to add an extra level of personalization to an already great gift.
If you know someone who really loves to cook, they’ve probably developed an impressive supply of knives. Those knives have subsequently filled one of the kitchen drawers and made a mess of it. This knife roll bag is perfect—because it lets a cook buy the particular knives they need, while not being tied down to a wooden knife holder. Portability is key, even if it’s just to the other side of the kitchen!
Even the best knife gets dull. But if you use an inadequate sharpening stone to sharpen a good knife, you can literally ruin it. This sharpening stone has a bamboo base and two grains on either side to make sure you get the smoothest, sharpest cut possible. And, it comes with a sharpening guide so that you don’t botch the job.
This magnetic knife holder has a great quality about it—it doesn’t have that ultra-modern, stainless-steel look. So, while adding an extra bit of versatility to a guy’s kitchen (he can quickly see and grab his knives,) it doesn’t make the kitchen feel too cold, especially if he’s already got a more homely vibe going on in there.
If you know a guy who loves to cook, he’s probably started to expand his repertoire of recipes he’s comfortable cooking. With that, brings new necessities in terms of tools. Here are some gifts that are standard fare for professional chefs but might be new to a hobbyist cook.
This handy little device is great for people who love to cook that have gotten deep into their craft and want to make specialized meals that require specialized equipment. The device helps circulate and heat water to the exact temperature you want it at, leading to perfect results for meals that require a bit more finesse than even master hobbyists might be capable of.
Put simply, this is an excellent pot. It’s made of cast iron which distributes heat really evenly, but it’s covered in enamel so you won’t need to temper the iron like you would a traditional pot. Also, it’s got great design features like a ribbed lid that allow the condensation to fall back down onto the food as it cooks to perfection. Look, a guy who loves to cook needs something more than a Teflon stir-fry pan, and that’s the truth!
This is an essential for everyone’s kitchen. Think about it… if you could have one person cooking your meals in all of the galactic empire, who would it be? Luke? Palpatine? No – of course not. We all know Darth Vader has the best cooking skills of all three of these guys, and probably in all of the galaxy. Step aside Yoda…
If you know someone who loves to cook who has been getting into deserts, or even putting the finishing touches of presentation on their works of culinary art, this is a must have tool. It’s got an adjustable flame size as well, so it’s perfectly suited to any task you put before it.
You don’t have to get how it works (I sure don’t.) These metal bars will remove the odor of strong scents from your hands, like fish, garlic and onions. And they’re dishwasher safe! Anyone who has ever tried to wash away the smell of garlic or crabs on their hands knows that it’s just an exercise in futility – these magical little bars solve that problem once and for all.
This is an awesome little device that can add a smoky flavor to the foods he loves to cook. We all wish the season for grilling was all year long, but it’s not—so if you want to get that nice depth of flavor that you get from a wood chip grill, this is a great buy. All you’ve got to do is add your favorite woodchips to the gun, and it will be adding smoky goodness to your meals in no time—all year round.
This is much more than just a grill – it’s like the grill version of a multitool. You can bake, braise, grill and smoke on this thing, and it’s not a gigantic fixture that’s going to take up half of your backyard. The cool thing about this is that it has digital temperature control that will feed the wood pellet fuel to the grill whenever it needs it. So if you know a guy who likes to really get scientific about his grilling, this is definitely the tool for him.
Sometimes a guy isn’t trying to cook a Michelin 5-Star meal, he just wants a good ole’ farm breakfast. If that’s the case, this all in one breakfast station is a great appliance to have in the kitchen. Not only is it a toaster oven (which, let’s be honest, will be used every day) but it’s also a griddle on top, and can brew coffee. So really, you should get him this so that there’s no excuse for him not to give you breakfast in bed on a daily basis.
If you’ve ever tried to hand roll sushi, you understand why it takes a grand master to do it right – and decades of training. Well, this is what we call a disruptive technology. This little thing makes the art of making sushi much easier and comes with everything you need (other than your actual ingredients.) Great gift for people who love to cook sushi but haven’t quite mastered it yet.
There are few things in life as widely appreciated as a nice selection of wine and cheeses, prepared well and presented on a nice platter. This is a wooden bamboo board made specifically for the job. It even has a small cabinet built into it where there is an cutlery set included. So if the guy you know is trying to impress someone, this might be the perfect gift for him. Or, if you just want some wine and cheese, this is a not so subtle way of telling him.
For the chef who also loves his wine (in other words, pretty much all chefs,) this is a great gift to help him with his presentation. Sometimes you can’t add the extra flair of opening a new bottle of wine at the table, because you’ve already got a half drunken bottle from last time. In this case, using a decanter is a great way to present wine without the bottle. It also can prevent friends from drinking the entire bottle.
A true chef is willing to try different flavors in order to find new ways of making the dishes he loves. This world spice and salt set helps him to that at a great price, without having to buy massive jars of a salt or spice that he might not find appealing. You can get him this gift so that he can try some new things out and maybe vary up his go to mixture of salt and pepper that he eats literally every meal.
This really should speak for itself, but if it doesn’t, let me tell you: Snoop Dogg can cook. If you know a guy who loves to cook who has been getting into some soul food recipes but hasn’t quite figured out how to get it done properly, Snoop Dogg is happy to show him the ropes. Let me just say three words if you’re not convinced: chicken and waffles.
This salt and pepper grinder set is really stylish. It has a matted stainless-steel top, and a nice wood grain body. The coolest and most functional part of this set is that you can dial in the grain size to either grind large full grain or very finely. Keep in mind, you don’t need to fill these with salt and pepper strictly – my favorite choice is the Sichuan numbing peppercorn.
I firmly believe that this is an essential for any serious cook’s kitchen. There is no comparison between fresh and dried herbs, and with this amazing and compact hydroponic set, a chef will never be without the tools he needs. Think about how expensive fresh herbs are, what if he could just pick them as he cooked? No more wondering if he didn’t buy enough while at the grocery store. And there’s nothing better than eating something you grew yourself.
Like all art, cooking well requires tools. Tools don’t make the craftsman, but a true lover of cooking will need some to get the job done! So help them out with appropriate cooking gifts for him, and at the end of the day, help yourself, because you know they’ll be cooking for you after you get them some of these amazing gifts for people who love to cook!
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