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The 7 Best Gifts for Skilled Chefs

Surprise the person who has everything with a piece of Cookware they’re definitely missing.

By Emily Borst
Dec 15, 2022
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If you’re in need of a gift for the person in your life who collects cookbooks like it’s a sport, spends their weekends working on new cooking techniques, or regularly serves up restaurant-quality meals on a weeknight, then we have you covered with our gift guide for skilled chefs. While all of our Cookware can be used by chefs of any skill level, these pieces are favorites among serious chefs, Cookware collectors, and culinary explorers.

Copper Set

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  • The Copper Set
  • 6-Piece Set
  • $1,199
or monthly payments as low as $55.32 with

Any skilled chef knows that Copper is a cooking material in a class of its own, due to its unrivaled conductivity, heat retention and distribution, and beauty. Many haven’t tried it for themselves, so if you’re looking to really impress with your gift, give them a six-piece set of French-made Copper Cookware containing a Saucier, Saucepan, and Rondeau. Whether they’re simmering jams or braising meat, they’ll never cook the same way again.

Griddle Set

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  • Carbon Steel Griddle
  • Griddle + Press
  • $228$199Buy the set and save $29
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If your recipient frequently grills or longs for a restaurant-style flattop, then the Carbon Steel Griddle Set is the perfect gift choice. The Carbon Steel Griddle maximizes direct heat contact between ingredients and the cooking surface, while the Stainless Steel Grill Press allows for crispy edges and more even searing.

From smash burgers and paninis to bacon and pancakes, the Griddle Set brings the best parts of a diner cooktop to the kitchen, and is compatible over two burners or on the grill.

Santoku Knife

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  • Santoku Knife
  • Olive Wood · 7"
  • $189
or 4 payments of $47.25 with

Chances are, the skilled chef in your life has a large all-purpose Chef Knife and a smaller Paring Knife—but what about one that bridges the gap between big and small blades? Enter the Japanese-style, ultra-sharp Santoku Knife—with a blade length of 7.13”, it excels at both large-scale prep work (like butchering a whole fish) and small-scale cuts (like dicing vegetables and fruits). With a full-tang fluted blade that prevents ingredients from sticking, this is a Knife that will be well-loved in their Knife Block.

Paella Set

  • Blue Carbon Steel Paella Pan
  • Paella Set
  • $159$127Buy the set and save $32
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If the skilled chef in your life is looking for more than a new piece of Cookware and wants a cooking experience, look no further than the Paella Set. A packaged set that contains our Blue Carbon Steel Paella Pan, Burlap & Barrel Herati Saffron, Matiz Paella Rice, and a recipe for seafood paella from Chef Rulis Gonzales of El Paso-based Rulis’ International Kitchen, this is the perfect gift set for any chef who loves to experiment and wants to take on the challenge of creating the perfect socarrat.

Enameled Cast Iron Skillet

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  • Enameled Cast Iron Skillet
  • 11" · Hudson Green
  • $149
or 4 payments of $37.25 with

The Enameled Cast Iron Skillet combines the versatility of a cast iron skillet with the easy-to-care-for surface of an Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, paired with a dark interior that’s perfect for high-heat cooking and searing. This is an heirloom-quality tool that is ideal for a Cookware collector.

Stainless Clad Rondeau

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  • Stainless Clad Rondeau
  • 6 QT
  • $199
or 4 payments of $49.75 with

Traditionally used in restaurant kitchens, the Rondeau is a chef favorite thanks to its shallow-yet-spacious construction ideal for searing and stove-to-oven capabilities. Coming in 4, 6, and 10 QT options, this pan is impossible to overcrowd no matter which size you pick, and ideal for building flavor to make one-pan meals taste like anything but.

Oval Baking Dish

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  • 10x6.6" Oval Gratin Dish
  • Nancy Silverton · 10x6.6"
  • $99
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Halfway between the more common 8x8 and 9x13 baking dish sizes, our Limited Edition Nancy Silverton x Made In Oval Baking Dish is perfect for avid home bakers. Unlike other baking dish sizes, the Oval Baking Dish lends itself particularly well to savory  meals. Be it shepherd’s pie, lasagna, potatoes au gratin, or mac and cheese, the uses for this versatile shape are nearly endless. Any chef who knows their way around the kitchen will enjoy coming up with different ways to put this dish to use, and the French Porcelain construction ensures easy clean-up.

Be sure to check out our favorite recipes to cook in our Oval Baking Dish to give your recipient some inspiration once their gift is unwrapped.

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Chances are, the skilled chef in your life already has a great deal of good Cookware—but great Cookware can make a big difference. Help them advance their skills even further with artisanal-quality tools, and if you’re lucky, maybe you’ll get a meal as a thank-you. If you need more gifting inspiration, check out our dedicated gift guide for skilled chefs.

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