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The 7 Best Gifts for the New Chef

: This holiday season, gift new tools to further a newfound love of cooking.

By Emily Borst
Dec 14, 2022
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If you have someone in your life that recently learned to enjoy cooking and view it as more than just a means to eat each day, then nurture their new hobby with the gift of quality Cookware. This can be what takes a meal from good to great, and will inspire more time in the kitchen perfecting their skills.

Any of these six gifts are sure to hit the mark and get the new chef in your life excited about what they can create.

Mise En Place

Meaning “to put in place,” mise en place is a habit that serves any chef well, regardless of skill level—in fact, it’s one of the first things culinary students learn to do. Designed to simplify, streamline, and beautify prepping vegetables, spices, sauces, and other ingredients, the Mise En Place set is a helpful time-saver and mess-minimizer for the new chef just beginning to experiment.

With the option of two and four nesting bowl sizes, you can help outfit even the smallest of kitchens.

Dutch Oven

There’s no kitchen tool that’s as much of a staple as the Dutch Oven. This one pot can grow alongside the new chef, starting with simple meals like soup to graduating to more complicated techniques like braising. French Enameled Cast Iron construction ensures this is an heirloom gift that can get passed down to future generations of new chefs.

Multi-Material Frying Pan Set

As a new chef, it can be difficult to discern what pans you first need to outfit your kitchen with. Take the stress out of this decision for them by gifting the three pans that are the building blocks for any recipe: Non Stick, Stainless Clad, and Carbon Steel. Our three core materials can handle anything, from eggs to vegetables to proteins, and are the perfect foundation for a professional-quality Cookware collection.

Pizza Set

Pizza can seem complicated, but it’s actually deceptively simple. Our Pizza Set comes with our Carbon Steel Pizza Steel for blistered, Neapolitan-style pies, and is paired with artisanal ingredients like Hayden Flour Mills Pizza Flour, Graza Sizzle Oil, and Bianco DiNapoli tomatoes—everything they need to try their hand at making their own pizza.

Chef Knife

Every chef deserves a good Knife. Our favorite for chopping anything from vegetables to proteins is the 8” Chef Knife. Featuring a slightly curved full-tang blade designed for the rocking method of chopping, a pointed tip for precise cuts, and a fully forged design crafted in the Knife capital of the world, this is one tool the new chef in your life will use almost every single day.

Wooden Spoon

Odds are, the new chef in your life is in need of high-quality utensils that are a step up from the plastic or nylon spatula they’re currently using. The most versatile utensil in any kitchen is the Wooden Spoon—gentle enough for Non Stick, yet durable enough for breaking up meat, stirring sauces, and endless taste testing. Ours, made from 100% Hungarian beechwood, is not only versatile and durable, but beautiful as well.

Pasta Set

If the new chef in your life is on the hunt for new recipes to test out, gift them Cookware, high-quality ingredients, and a recipe all in one with our Pasta Set. Containing our cult favorite Stainless Clad Stock Pot and Pasta Insert, Hayden Flour Mills macaroni, Bianco DiNapoli tomatoes, Burlap & Barrel chili flakes,  and a recipe for Pasta Arrabbiata from Creative Culinary Director Rhoda Boone, this gift is a practical piece of cookware and an experience packaged together. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll get a bowl as a thank you.

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Taking your first steps into the world of cooking is an exciting time, made even better with quality tools that make cooking easier and most of all, more delicious. Shop our Cookware picks today to make the new cooks’ day.