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Best Gifts for Chefs, by Chefs

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By: KURU Footwear
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There’s no question that the best gifts for a chef are those that make their lives easier in the kitchen—whether it’s a new set of knives, an oven mitt that can withstand high temperatures, or a comfy pair of shoes that can help them last for hours on their feet.

But which items top the list as chef favorites? We asked a group of professional chefs to share their best picks this holiday season.

So as you brainstorm gift ideas for chefs for that friend or family member who loves to cook, check out our list of best gifts for chefs—by chefs. You’re sure to make the culinary expert in your life smile!

Gifts Under $100

For Drinking:

NUDE Savage Set of 2 Coupe Glasses

Designed by world-class mixologist Rémy Savage, these Coupe classes are part of his expertly crafted collection. The sleek, minimalist design makes them the perfect addition to almost any kitchen aesthetic, and a gift for a chef as elegant as it is useful. Comes in a set of two.

NUDE Savage Set of 2 Coupe Glasses - Best Gifts for Chefs

$43.00 at NUDE

Riedel Vinum Viognier/Chardonnay White Wine Glasses

A wine glass expressly designed for white wines, the Riedel Vinum Viognier/Chardonnay glass sets up the ideal conditions for Viognier wine flavors to flourish. This precise shape is perfect for the white wine lover in your life. Comes in a set of two.

Riedel Vinum Viognier/Chardonnay White Wine Glasses - Best Gifts for Chefs

$75.00 at Riedel

Riedel Performance Champagne Glasses

Gear up for New Year’s Eve with a Champagne glass with a little more class. Unlike the traditional thin flute design, the wider egg shape of the Riedel Performance Champagne Glass allows complex layers of flavor to shine through. Comes in a set of two.

Riedel Performance Champagne Glasses - Best Gifts for Chefs

$79.00 at Riedel

For Eating:

Snow Peak Wabuki Chopsticks

An elegant gift for the Asian food lover in your life, Wabuki Chopsticks combine bamboo and stainless steel to add a touch of class to their next meal. Enjoy them at home or use them on the go with its collapsible design and compact carrying case.

Snow Peak Wabuki Chopsticks - Best Gifts for Chefs

$44.95 at Snow Peak

Spiceology Ultimate Rub Collection – 12 Mini Rub Jars

From meat dishes to popcorn to salad dressings (and more!) high-quality rubs—like these from Spiceology—make a flavorful addition to any meal. This diverse set comes with 12 rub options with creative combinations such as Pink Peppercorn Lemon Thyme or Smoky Honey Habanero.

Spiceology Ultimate Rub Collection – 12 Mini Rub Jars - Best Gifts for Chefs

$64.95 at Spiceology

Murray’s Cheddar Lover’s Collection

A fantastic gift for colleagues and friends alike, the Cheddar Lover’s Collection from Murray’s Cheese is the ultimate crowd pleaser. Packed with three types of decadent cheese, plus salami and chutney, this box is sure to make someone in your life smile.

Murray's Cheddar Lover's Collection - Best Gifts for Chefs

$76.00 at Murray’s Cheese

The Hipstell Cutlery Collection from The Cutlery Collection ©

Imagine cutlery that could double as a work of art. That’s just what this sculptural cutlery collection does. The unique design is as functional as it is stunning, as the cutlery can be hooked onto your tableware. Dishwasher safe and rust resistant.

The Hipstell Cutlery Collection from The Cutlery Collection - Best Gifts for Chefs

$69.99 at The Cutlery Collection

Gifts Under $300

For Cooking:

Instant™ Vortex® 6-quart Air Fryer

Air fryers have had their time in the spotlight recently, and it’s no surprise why. The Instant™ Vortex® 6-Quart Air Fryer can make quick, delicious fried meals with 95% less oil and none of the mess. Plus, its EvenCrisp™ technology makes for crispy-yet-tender results every time.

Instant™ Vortex™ 6-quart Air Fryer - Best Gifts for Chefs

$99.99 at Instant Home

The Instant Pot® Duo™ Plus 8-quart Multi-Use Pressure Cooker with Whisper-Quiet Steam Release, V4

This tech-savvy pressure cooker makes your meals easier. Designed with nine unique cooking functions, 25 smart cooking programs, and a large LCD display, this device acts almost like a digital sous-chef. With quiet steam release, step-by-step instructions, and easy clean up, even beginners will find it fun to use.

The Instant Pot® Duo™ Plus 8-quart Multi-Use Pressure Cooker with Whisper-Quiet Steam Release, V4 - Best Gifts for Chefs

$149.99 at Instant Home

KURU Footwear KINETIC 2.0 Anti-Slip Sneaker

The best gift for a chef is the one that keeps on giving. Cooks and chefs spend a ton of time on their feet—often on slippery kitchen floors. KURU Footwear’s KINETIC 2.0 shoe meets that need tenfold. Offering high-grade slip-resistant outsoles and built-in arch support and cushion, the KINETIC 2.0 will keep the cook in your life moving with stability and comfort

 

 

KURU Footwear KINETIC 2.0 Men's Sneaker in Bright White-Graphite.

 

$175.00 at KURU

For Drinking:

WhistlePig 12-Year-Old World Rye

It’s a gift for a chef they won’t easily forget. This 86-proof Old World Rye has been aged for 12 years with a blend of three flavor profiles. Notes of caramel, vanilla, rich fruit, and spice makes this an elegant and memorable addition to any meal.

WhistlePig 12-Year-Old World Rye - Best Gifts for Chefs

$159.99 at WhistlePig Whiskey

For Eating:

Wedgwood Renaissance Gold 5-Piece Place Setting

It’s a luxurious gift from a classic company established in England in 1759. The Wedgwood Renaissance Gold 5-Piece Place Setting blends rich blues, tasteful gold accents, and a stunning oval pattern to instantly elevate any home dining experience.

Wedgwood Renaissance Gold 5-Piece Place Setting - Best Gifts for Chefs

$196.00 at Wedgwood

Gifts Under $500

For Cooking:

Ninja™ Foodi™ NeverDull® Premium 17-Piece Knife Block Set

When looking for gifts for the chef, no doubt a set of knives come to mind—and this set is one to watch for. The Ninja™ Foodi™ NeverDull® Premium Knife System comes with 17 premium steak knives made of German stainless steel blades that feature sharp edges that can easily glide through food. Plus, a built-in sharpener promises to keep knives sharp for over 10 years.

Ninja™ Foodi™ NeverDull® Premium 17-Piece Knife Block Set - Best Gifts for Chefs

$349.99 at Ninja

KitchenAid® Artisan® Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

It’s been a kitchen staple in homes for decades, and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. The Artisan® Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer makes baking a breeze with 10 speeds and multiple attachments to knead your dough or whip your dish to perfection.KitchenAid® Artisan® Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer - Best Gifts for Chefs

$349.99 at KitchenAid

Gifts $500+

For Drinking:

Wine Enthusiast 32-Bottle Dual Zone MAX Compressor Wine Cooler

Perfect for the wine connoisseur in your life, this sleek, state-of-the-art compressor holds up to 32 standard Bordeaux bottles and features cooling technology that lasts 2x longer than other thermoelectric cellars. Plus, a digital touchscreen allows you to easily control the temperature of your wine collection. The glass display offers an easy peek inside.

Wine Enthusiast 32-Bottle Dual Zone MAX Compressor Wine Cooler - Best Gifts for Chefs

$549.00 at Wine Enthusiast

Methodology and Sources

KURU Footwear surveyed 100 US chefs, ranging from Executive Chefs, Sous Chefs, Senior Chefs, and Station Chefs; 18 years and older.

Sources: KURU Footwear proprietary survey, conducted 2022

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