Gifts & Deals for the Pro Chef
Get the tools you need in your commercial kitchen, catering business, or restaurant by taking advantage of the great prices over the holiday shopping season. Traditionally this season starts on Black Friday, the day following Thanksgiving, it is the first day of that massive Christmas shopping starts for most people.
Offers by retailers are especially great during the holiday shopping season, much to the benefit of the chef in your life, or you the chef. Now is a chance to be in the know about some much loved professional chef gift ideas so that you can bring the holidays in right.
These useful kitchen tools are great for any professional chef or cook. Make these items a part of your Christmas list this year, and watch your chef glow with glee!
Pans and Cookware
Get yourself or the fryer in your life a new pan or ten! Nothing quite beats a good pan when it comes to a great cooking experience. A non-stick pan is great for a large array of your chef’s cooking needs; this gift won’t even break the bank – starting at an affordable $15! Look to splurge a bit? There are more options!
Choppers, Dicers & Cubers
A chef will never be out of sorts with the gift of a chopper, dicer or cuber. They never go out of style in the home or commercial kitchen. These nifty devices are perfect for making quick work of sides and salad toppings such as fruits, avocado and more.
These items are perfect for adding flavor to your stuffing, greens, and other holiday dishes; chopping onions and peppers can be simple with an easy vegetable chopper. Your chef will love you for being so considerate.
Made for great versatility for grating your favorite food items such as citrus peel garnishes, and more! Get yours in fine, coarse, ribbon, or extra coarse depending on your purpose. Microplanes are handheld and come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. There are even microplanes that slice or julienne, which can shave hours of prep work off your chef’s day.
Want to really feel wowed? Check out a Mandoline – which is similar to a microplane but sits on a counter, and has a track that you push food up and down for slicing, grating, or julienning.
Cutting boards are a very useful tool in any kitchen. There are also different types to include: plastic, wood and bamboo. With its perfect balance of durability to softness, and it’s uniform, dense, and fine-grained surface, a cutting board makes a great gift for the professional chef.
If you are purchasing a wood cutting board as a gift, don’t forget some wood oil or cream to help maintain the integrity of the wood.
As simple as it may seem, kitchen safety goes a long way. An oven mitt will keep a chef protected from the hot surfaces normally found in a commercial environment – be it a range, oven, or a hot dish. A quality oven mitt should be heat and liquid resistant, have a seamless design and cotton flocked inner lining construction.
Immersion Cookers & Accessories
We all know the benefits of healthier eating. An immersion cooker is a great tool for getting great flavor from meats and vegetables without adding fats to the cooking process or reducing nutritional value. These devices can also help maintain flavor and texture for individual servings which makes it great for both small and large households; especially when everyone likes something a little different to eat.
Plus did we mention that immersion cooking is basically vacuum sealing food and putting it in a hot water bath? Its a different approach with exciting options that any chef is sure to love fiddling with.
During the colder months, patrons hope to stay as warm as possible. Consider how great investment or gift an espresso machine is this holiday; coffee is always a top seller during cold winter days. A commercial brewing system for the perfect shot of espresso and a swivel steam wand that foams milk could be a small way to put a big smile on someone’s face this winter.
Plus, what chef wouldn’t like to have that perfect cup of coffee as a pick-me-up during a long day in the kitchen?
Blenders & Juicers
Commercial blenders have revolutionized the way foods are prepared! From making easily blended sauces and marinades to fresh soups pureed and cooked right in the blender, a chef is always in need of a work horse of a blender. Manufacturers have multiple designs, equipped with special features to fit each cook’s unique needs. Make the investment in a quality piece for the professional cook in your life.
Juicers are great for creating sauce or dessert bases or crafting that perfect cocktail with fresh ingredients. Modern juicers make quick work of even the largest juicing challenges.
You can always consider purchasing a used blender or juicer so that your chef can enjoy name brand quality on a modest budget! Who says making someone feel special has to leave you penniless?
Tip: Many modern blender manufacturers have both a commercial and residential line. Make sure you are getting the right one for your chef so the warranty is valid!
This list wouldn’t be complete without a knife suggestion. The first thing on every chef’s wish list is a great knife.
Maybe they have theirs already or are in need of a replacement. The key is to find out what they need and are comfortable using. Some chefs prefer longer blades or ergonomic handles. Some prefer certain types of knives or use the multi-purpose chef’s knife for everything.
Don’t be afraid to ask the chef in your life before you buy a knife for them. Perhaps you can take them shopping for it! Restaurant supply stores that have knowledgeable staff who know how to pick the perfect knife is invaluable.
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We hope this has helped you with some ideas for your chef or even yourself! Want a more hands on shopping experience? Stop by ACityDiscount’s showroom. We are happy to help you find the perfect present.
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