The Best Gifts for Chefs and Home Cooks

From a kitchen fatigue mat to a Japanese cast-iron pot, these are the best gifts to give the chef in your life.

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A MEATER Plus is the perfect gift for the griller on your list. With a wireless connectivity range of 165 feet and a guided cooking app, this smart thermometer will let them leverage next-level cooking without spending hours next to the grill. Plus, if you want to level-up your gift, check out the MEATER Plus Holiday Bundle which includes a MEATER Plus, pair of MEATER oven mitts and a MEATER bar blade.

Yamazaki Home Tablet Cookbook Stand
Yamazaki Home
Now 30% off

Even if your giftee writes their own recipes, they still need a place where they can read them clearly and easily, which makes this seemingly simple gift of a cookbook stand a really great one.

Matfer Benriner "Little Beni" Japanese Mandoline
Matfer Bourgeat

A home-sized version of a professional kitchen staple. Use it when you want everything cut down to the same size. Perfect for potato chips, slices of ginger, salad veggies and more. 

Nordic Ware Half Sheet with Oven Safe Nonstick Grid
Nordic Ware
Now 13% off

Well-built sheet pans are the gift that keeps on giving. Beyond roasting veggies on them, use the raised wire grid to rest meat after cooking.

In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries That Touch the Indian Ocean

The polar opposite of influencer cookbooks, In Bibi's Kitchen offers up a wealth of grandma-approved recipes from South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia and Eritrea

Wüsthof 4-Piece Steak Knife Set
Williams Sonoma

This plum wood-handled, high-carbon-bladed steak knife set was made by beloved german brand Wüsthof and is a must-have for meat lovers.

Made In Stainless Clad Saute Pan

A cladded steel do-it-all pan from one of the best new names in cookware. 

Momofuku Seasoned Salts 3-Pack

Ten years in the making, these salts were designed in the labs of one of America's best restaurant empires. 

Vermicular Musui

One half of Vermicular's very Japanese take on the Dutch oven, the Musui's defining feature is boring but great. The interior rim of the lid is laser cut to fit the base perfectly, allowing it to effectively steam roast meat and veggies. Plus, it makes a great rice cooker. 

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Pro Chef’s Knife
Williams Sonoma

Every kitchen needs a go-to chef knife and our pick for the best German option is one you definitely can't go wrong with, whether your giftee is a seasoned pro or an amateur.

Smithey Ironware No. 12 Cast Iron Skillet
Smithey Ironware Co.

Made in North Charleston, South Carolina, every Smithey cast-iron skillets is a time capsule to the early 20th century. Where new cast iron is often rough-surfaced and tough to clean, Smithey's skillets are made like collector vintage pans. 

E3 Ranch Ribeyes

Thick cut, grass-fed, grain-finished ribeyes. That's it. 

Fiesta 6-5/8-Inch Utensil Crock
Homer Laughlin

A kitchen staple every new chef needs. These crocks, made by Fiesta, come in loads of colors, too. 

Instant Pot Duo Plus Multicooker
Instant Pot

Perfectly suited to single-pot meals, anything that needs to roast for an extended period, rice-making and so much more, a multicooker is a must-have for every serious home chef.

John Boos Maple Edge Grain Reversible Cutting Board
John Boos

Used in commercial and home kitchens alike, John Boos is the king of cutting boards. 

Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender
Now 20% off

The most affordable of Vitamix's world-beating blenders can do more than make smoothies. Make your own peanut butter, blend up perfectly smooth tomato bisque and more. 

GelPro NewLife Comfort Ergo-Foam Anti-Fatigue Kitchen Mat

Ergonomics. Ergonomics everywhere. A kitchen fatigue mat is only a joke to those who don't yet have one. They make cooking less taxing, which makes the cook more likely to whip something together rather than order delivery.  

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