As a pro chef you have your favourite kitchen tools and gadgets, but it’s always fun to see what’s out there and maybe upgrade. Here are our picks of the best kitchen gear for chefs, from a cutting-edge robot chef, to cool clothing collaborations that are helping to support the industry at this most difficult time. There’s even waterproof stationary. Take a look at this list of kitchen gear and start making your pro kitchen wish list.
Is 2021 the year you finally get your hands on a Florentine knife? The Barcelona-based knifemakers produce some of the best-looking and hardworking blades in the business. At the end of 2020 they released their first capsule collection of Japanese-inspired KEDMA knives, and are continuously collaborating with other makers on unique new creations. All knives are made to order.
The much talked about all-in-one cooking appliance (it chops, ferments, cooks sous vide, slow cooks, caramelises... 22 cooking functions in total, plus wifi), also has a place in the professional kitchen. The Thermomix’s precision can make it a handy gadget to have on the side, with pro chefs already loving it for its emulsifying power and steady temperature control. It’s not cheap, but it’s well worth considering as an automated extension to your team.
Keep it stylish in the kitchen with the popular sandal maker, which also does a neat line in professional footwear. Go for a ‘Super Grip’ model (like the Boston or Tokio) for extra protection against potential slips and falls; they also have a lively collection of colourful clogs. In fact, Birkenstock made it into our list of the five best chef shoe brands for safety and style.
The clever people at Stone, the company behind this water resistant chef’s notebook, have done it again. The Stone Recipe Journal’s 192 water resistant pages are bound with sustainable organic cotton that also repels the wet stuff, creating a safe place to store your most cherished recipes where they won’t be washed away in the frenzy of service.
US-made Microplane zester-graters are stalwarts of many a pro kitchen. These striking limited edition designs won’t help you zest an orange or grate nutmeg any quicker, but you can have a little bit of fun with a classic piece of kit. Available in three patterns (Camouflage, Leopard, and Liberty) as well as bright neons, the ergonomic handles ensure maximum comfort.
The company behind the rather cool Chef Backpack has collaborated with S.Pellegrino and three well-known US restaurants – the Tartine group, based in San Francisco, and New York’s Nom Wah and Lilia – on a set of limited edition bandanas. 100% of net proceeds go to charities supporting the hospitality industry as part of the #supportrestaurants campaign. Pure cotton, washed and ready to wear, they will feel as good on as they look.
This tool from Australia’s king of fish butchery, stamped with the logo of his Sydney restaurant Saint Peter, promises the crispiest of crispy fish skins. Made of stainless steel and, and weighing close to two kilos, its non-stick properties should keep the flesh of your fish perfectly intact whilst ensuring all the skin remains in contact with the pan. Sadly, he only ships to Australia, New Zealand and the US currently.
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