Best 40 Gifts for Chef and Cooks

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Are you seeking a thoughtful gift for a chef in your life?

No worries! We have got you covered.

Below we have curated a list for Best 40 Gifts for chefs, cooks, and culinary pros so that they can get going with those delicious recipes. Whether a beginner or a seasoned professional, you will find gift ideas for chefs of every level here.

Let’s begin:

Top 40 Best Gifts for Chef in 2020

Electric Salt and Pepper Shakers

Electric Salt and Pepper Shakers

A chef’s kitchen is truly incomplete without a pair of Salt and Pepper Mills. These ones right here are supreme quality mills- one of the best kitchen gifts for friends. 

Tall-looking grinders feature ceramic core, stainless steel body, and acrylic glass accents. And, with just a push of a button, it can instantly grind your seasonings. The coarseness of the grind is adjustable as well.

Each electric mill runs on 4 AA batteries and has in-built light of increasing visibility and of preventing overuse of salt or pepper in your food. It comes with a luxurious gift-box, cool, isn’t it?

Beeswax Food Wraps

Beeswax Food Wraps

Hate wrapping your food in plastic? Are you looking for an eco-friendly alternative?

The Beeswax Food Wraps has to be one of the thoughtful chef gift ideas, as it is plastic-free, reusable, and environment-friendly altogether.

These wraps are made from organic cotton and further infused with tree resin, jojoba oil, and beeswax. Any chef is going to love wrapping up their food in these, as it remains fresh for an extended period.

Plus, these can be washed and reused, and they last for up to 1 year!

Cast Iron Scrubber

Cast Iron Scrubber

We all know how seasoning formed on cast iron cookware prevents it from rusting and creates a natural, non-stick cooking surface. 

But cleaning the grit off cast iron cookware without damaging the seasoning is a tough grind. 

Here’s an amazing gift for a chef who likes to use cast iron cookware but finds it difficult to clean them. This stainless steel chainmail scrubber along with hot water, will get rid of the grit, without damaging your cookware.

Say goodbye to harsh soap and chemical detergents, this chainmail cleaner will take care of it all!

Complete Cutting Board Care Kit

Complete Cutting Board Care Kit

Maintenance of butcher blocks, cutting boards, and other wooden utensils and wooden countertops is often overlooked.

Well, this one here is one of the best gifts for beginner cooks who’re new to the kitchen world. 

This complete cutting board care kit includes a cleaning soap that kills germs, an oil that deeply conditions the wooden surface, and a wax that protects and restores the same.

An interesting fact is that the kit also comes with cleaning tools such as a buffing pad to make the wooden surface shiny, a scrub brush, and an oil/wax applicator. 

Complete Paella Kit

Complete Paella Kit

Who doesn’t love Paella?

This can be one of the best gifts for people who like to cook, especially outdoors. The set consists of an enameled steel Paella Pan, a gas burner, and a stand with wheels.

With this amazing Paella kit, one can cook exquisite Spanish Paella and other such delicacies with up to 20 servings! 

The 23.5″ gas burner features 3 rings of flame, which can be controlled individually. And, the steel legs can be easily removed for quick storage. Overall, the Paella Kit is quite convenient and allows precise cooking.

Kettle Grill Conversion Kit for Outdoor Pizza Oven

Kettle Grill Conversion Kit for Outdoor Pizza Oven

Cheer up Pizza Lovers!

A kettle grill conversion kit is a one of the great gifts for pizza chefs, as they can convert their kettle grills into an amazing Outdoor Pizza Oven within minutes.

This conversion kit comes with a stainless steel Kettle Converter with in built thermometer, a 15″ pizza baking stone, a folding aluminum peel to transfer pizzas, a flex sheet door, and a charcoal fence. 

The kit is compatible with most 18″ and 22.5″ Kettle Grills and can reach up to 900℉ cooking temperature with a delicious smoky flavor. With this kit, you can use wood chunks, charcoal, and similar types of fuels.

Bake outdoor pizzas in just 3 to 5 minutes!

Nessie & Mamma Ladle and Colander Spoon

Nessie & Mamma Ladle and Colander Spoon

Know a chef who loves dinosaurs?

Gift him or her this cute Nessie & Mamma Ladle and Colander Spoon Set and bring a smile on their face!

Chefs can use the funky Green Mamma Nessie Colander Spoon to serve vegetable and pasta dishes. On the other hand, the tiny Turquoise Nessie Ladle can be used to dig up into their favorite soups.

Liquid Soap and Lotion Kitchen Caddy

Liquid Soap and Lotion Kitchen Caddy

Good hygiene and cleanliness is a crucial part of every chef’s kitchen.

Why not give them a kitchen accessory set that makes their hands and kitchen smell beautiful?

The Kitchen Caddy set comes with a dish soap, hand soap, and hand lotion- all featuring Lavender Vanilla scent. You can keep the soap and lotion near the kitchen sink in a beautiful metal caddy basket included. 

Hands-down, the Caddy set is the best gift for a chef wife, as she is bound to love sweet vanilla and lavender fragrances in her kitchen.

Molecular Gastronomy Starter Kit

Molecular Gastronomy Starter Kit

Want to try out something new? Ever tried making a Lemon cloud, Chocolate spaghetti, or a Balsamic vinegar pearls?

How about motivating your chef friend to try out some innovative molecular recipes?

Gift them this Molecular Gastronomy Starter Kit set and watch them take their culinary creativity to the next level!

The kit includes a silicone mold, a slotted spoon, five soy lecithin sachets, five sodium alginate sachets, five calcium lactate sachets, five agar-agar sachets, three pipettes, two silicon tubes, 1 measuring spoon and a plastic syringe. Refer to the recipe booklet included in the package and learn great molecular recipes step-by-step.

Gourmet Sea Salt Gift Pack

Gourmet Sea Salt Gift Pack

Gone are the days when salt used to be just a plain and mundane rub.

The Casina Rossa Gourmet Sea Salt Gift Set includes six jars with award-winning gourmet salts!

It is one of the best gifts for professional chefs, as it includes 6 exquisite flavors viz. “Fiori & Salt”, “Truffle & Salt”, “Herb & Salt”, “Porcini & Salt”, “Fennel & Salt” and “Saffron and Salt”. Each jar is about 1.1 ounces.

Any chef would be pleased to receive this as a gift so that they can try out different delicious recipes with these unique salt flavors. 

Personalized Engraved Cutting Board

Personalized Engraved Cutting Board

Are you looking for personalized gifts for chefs?

There’s nothing more pleasant and exciting than giving a personal touch to a gift. 

Why not give your chef friend a paddle-shaped serving board that is customized as per your requirements?

This 18″ x 10″ cutting board has a hole at the handle end for hanging in your kitchen. And, you can completely customize it as per your specifications, and it will be crafted to precision just as you’d like!

One side of the board is customized for display purpose, while the plain side can be used for chopping and food prepping.

Cast Iron Garlic Roaster

Cast Iron Garlic Roaster

Love the silky, smooth texture and rich flavor of roasted garlic on breads?

Roasting garlic gives out an amazing aroma and provides a deep flavor while removing the bite.

Get this Cast Iron Garlic Roaster for your chef husband or chef friend, so they can roast garlic while keeping its aromatic flavors intact.

Why? Because, roasting garlic over hot coals or gas grills will cause it to lose its rich flavors.

The set comes with a cast iron garlic roaster with a stainless handle on top and a silicone garlic squeezer. The roaster can hold two medium or one large garlic bulb. Plus, you can use the squeezer to separate the husk from the roasted garlic hassle-freely.

The Juice Fountain Cold

The Juice Fountain Cold

Enjoy juices anytime you want with this Breville’s dual-speed Juice Fountain Cold.

It is a great gift for a chef who has just started their juicing journey. The unit features a patented juicing system and Breville’s Nutria Disc that will extract all nutrients in the fruit, while protecting its enzymes.

Use the high speed (13000 RPM) for juicing hard fruits like apples, beets, while the low speed (6500 RPM) is ideal for juicing leafy veggies and softer fruits like spinach, cantaloupe, watermelon, etc.

All in all, this juicer is easy to use, easy to clean and best in performance.

My Family Recipe Book and Cooking Journal

My Family Recipe Book and Cooking Journal

Are you searching for gifts for cooking enthusiasts, or budding recipe builders?

Has your chef friend’s passion for cooking been passed on from his family?

How about giving him/her this ‘My Family Recipe Book’ so they can pen down over 80 delicious and amazing recipes and secrets that run into their family?

Every family has its own unique set of recipes that brings happiness and a feeling of nostalgia into later generations. They will cherish this cooking journal as it will archive generations of secret recipes for years to come. 

What’s cool is that there’s even space provided in the journal to stick photos of recipes and a comment section from food testers!

Ice Cream and Gelato Maker

Ice Cream and Gelato Maker

Make light sorbets, mouth-watering ice creams, and rich, smooth gelato with this Cuisinart ice cream machine.

It is a fully automatic unit that includes a powerful commercial-grade compressor. Chefs who have an interest in making desserts will surely love this gift!

The unit has an ice cream bowl with 1.5-quart capacity, along with a 60-min countdown timer, LCD screen, and touchpad controls. The inside of the machine has two unique mixing pedals for perfect consistency of ice creams and gelatos.

There’s even a recipe book provided for you to try out different flavors and recipes.

Portable Cold Smoking Gun

Portable Cold Smoking Gun

Adding a smoky flavor to your drinks or food can take their taste to a whole new level.

Get this portable smoking gun for a chef, which he/she can use to add a hint of cold smoke to their recipes instantly. No need to heat up the backyard BBQ grills anymore!

The unit runs on a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery that is durable, demands low maintenance and comes included with the gun. Plus, it even includes a bag of premium wood chips, ready to use right out of the box. 

It is a great gift for a chef who is known to create nice, smoky layers over foods and deserts.

Funny Oven Mitt

Funny Oven Mitt

Are you looking for funny gifts for chefs?

Look at this hilarious single Oven Mitt that says “dropping a new recipe on your ass” and shows a woman cooking with ingredients all over.

It is the best gift for a chef wife, if you want to tickle her funny bone. The oven mitt is made from 100% cotton, provides super-insulation and is great for bakers!

Besides, the size is large enough to fit a man’s hand as well.

Sous Vide Precision Cooker

Sous Vide Precision Cooker

Like sous vide cooking method?

Sous vide cooking is all about precision, consistent temperature, and the perfect texture of food. The Enova precision cooker is exactly what a chef needs to master sous vide cooking.

This Bluetooth precision cooker can be controlled via the Enova app through smart devices like iPhone, Android, and so on. The cooker is compatible with any pot, has a nice adjustable clamp, and can serve up to 8 people.

Cook restaurant-quality meat, vegetables, fruits, and other items like a pro with much more precision and temperature control with this handy machine.

End result? – A perfectly moist and tender food with no dryness or uncooked centers.

Decorative Black Metal Bookends

Decorative Black Metal Bookends

Here’s an innovative decor gift for chefs, which they can use to organize their cooking books systematically!

The black metal bookends are one of the perfect gifts for cooking enthusiasts, or friends and family members who are chefs. It adds a jazz of uniqueness to the bookshelf and acts as a sturdy stopper for the pile of books. 

Chef Knife Roll Bag

Chef Knife Roll Bag

Knives play a vital role in a chef’s professional life. They are like a significant extension of his/her hand- a universal tool of the cooking industry!

If you’re looking for the best gift for chef husband, how about getting him these stylish and classy leather knives roll bag? It can hold up to 10 knives or kitchen tools.

It is great for chefs who are on the go for catering events, cooking shows, or demos. Even campers, cooking enthusiasts and culinary students will like this stylish gift to carry their knives!

The bag has a zipper to store accessories and comes with a leather shoulder straps for easy carrying.

Large Chef’s Mitt

Chef Knife Roll Bag

Are you searching for cooking gifts for him?

These large-sized Chef’s Mitt will surely make handling heated equipment more convenient.

It is made from a durable, non-porous material that will prevent the mitt from stains and avoid the buildup of bacteria. And since it has a raised nub outer texture, the chef will have a non-slip, firm grip. 

The glove is water-repellent and heat-resistant, so it will not only protect the chef’s hands from hot/cold temperatures but also hot steam or liquids.

Stoneware French Press Coffee Maker

Large Chef's Mitt

Ahhh – say hello to the new style of coffee-making with Stoneware French Press Coffee Maker.

Chefs who like to make gourmet, rich-tasting and full-flavored coffee will love this coffee maker as a gift. 

The stainless steel plunger is equipped with a mesh press, while the exterior flaunts a shiny glossy high-fired stoneware with enamel finishing. Such a construction is what makes it highly resistant to cracking, chipping, staining or catching odor.

The coffee maker comes in a bunch of vivid, lively color tones to choose from.

Sharpening Stone

Sharpening Stone

As stated before, knives are a pride of every chef’s kitchen, and they’re quite serious about them!

They always make sure their knives are sharp and in good shape at all times. No chef would like to work with a dull knife that requires a lot of effort to cut. Plus, it is also crucial for their safety. 

Get them this double-sided sharpening stone featuring 250/1000 grit for fine, medium to rough sharpening. It is great for Zwilling Henckels knives, but it can be used for other carbon and stainless steel knives as well.

The lighter side is for basic sharpening, while the darker side is perfect for restoring/repairing the lost shape of a dull knife.

Faux-Leather Kitchen Mat

Faux-Leather Kitchen Mat

Chefs’ work can be really exhausting as they’re on their feet all day long.

That’s why this Faux-leather kitchen mat is a blessing as it reduces knee and back pain. This 18″ x 30″ mat features memory foam technology to provide comfort and support. 

The outer basket weave texture will jazz up any kitchen’s decor as well!

Hungry Bear Sushi Socks

Hungry Bear Sushi Socks

Another funny chef gift for a charming family member or friend who has a thing for cute, funky things!

These pair of crew-cut style Sushi socks go all the way up to the calf and provide good comfort. Further, it has a nice comfy deep heel pocket, a Y-stitch heel, and a self-adjusting welt cuff.

It is a perfect gift for chef, especially if he likes cool, cooking-related accessories!

Cedar Grilling Planks

Cedar Grilling Planks

Grilling Salmon, chicken, beef, and other foods on Cedar Grilling Planks will bring out exceptional pure Cedar gourmet flavor. 

These 12 planks right here have a nice texture to provide more flavor and smoke to the foods. These are intended for one-time use, after which you need to discard them.

These make for a great gift for grilling gurus out there!

Mini Firefighter

Mini Firefighter

A chef must always be prepared for undesirable kitchen situations such as a fire emergency. 

When a fire catches, we all know every second matters and one needs to act quickly!

Get your dear chef this Mini Firefighter, so he/she can tackle such situations like a pro. It will help them stop small fires from spreading. It has a patented foam formula that will expand to cover the area completely, and then contract once the fire goes out.

It can work to put off wood, electric cooking oil fat, grease, and gasoline fires. 

Mason Jar Kitchenware Set

Mason Jar Kitchenware Set

Mason Jars have a vintage feel to them, and they look gorgeous on any kitchen countertop.

This beautiful aqua blue cookware set includes everything a chef needs to make their kitchen more convenient viz. a spoon holder, four stackable measuring cups, and four measuring spoons. 

Overall, this embossed ceramic set looks very stylish and adds beauty to your kitchen decor. Chefs who fancy cute vintage decor items will love this gift!

Heavy-Duty Kitchen Shears

Heavy-Duty Kitchen Shears

Shears can do a whole lot of tasks in the kitchen!

These heavy-duty stainless steel kitchen shears are a great gift for chefs as they deliver impressive performance and good durability. The ultra-sharp scissors can be used to cut meat, poultry bones, herbs, vegetables, fish and even butterfly poultry. 

Moreover, it is capable of cracking nuts and opening bottles as well.

Japanese Salt Box

Japanese Salt Box

Chefs prefer to keep the salt close-at-hand.

So, how about giving them this elegant Japanese Salt Box that will prevent the salt from debris, dirt, and pests?

Featuring an elegant stoneware main body, the salt box is further equipped with a classic Japanese-style wooden Cypress lid that will wick away moisture like anything!

Such a lid also prevents clumping of the salt inside. Besides, the salt box can hold up to 16 oz. salt.

This ceramic salt box is bound to look pretty in any kitchen settings.

Chopper and Herb Stripper

Chopper and Herb Stripper

Now, just like scissors, a chopper and a herb stripper is also a must-have kitchen tool for chefs. 

This chopper is definitely not your typical chopping knife, as it sharply slices through meats, veggies and fruits. If you look closely, the vents in the blades can precisely strip your leafy vegetables and herbs.

This stainless steel chopping knife is quite modern in its cutting style and overall look. It is deliberately made for chopping fruits, vegetables and also delicate fish like salmon or tuna. 

Just by the looks, you can say that is a heavy-duty, sturdily built knife with a 7″ sharp V-grind blade.

Compost Bin

Compost Bin

Love to make natural fertilizer for your plants or garden that is packed with nutrients?

Then, you must go for a sturdy Compost Bin.

This cream-toned, vintage-themed Compost Bin will store all your organic compost, without messing up your kitchen. You can keep it anywhere- in your home, office, or countertops. The bin is large enough to collect food scraps over a couple of days. After which, you can use the stainless steel lid handle to carry it to your garden.

The durable, heavy-duty carbon steel build of the bin will surely impress the chefs and cooks alike!

Odor Remover Stainless Steel Soap

Odor Remover Stainless Steel Soap

Have you ever heard of a stainless steel soap?

That’s right, regular soaps might not be capable enough to get that nasty smell of meat, garlic, fish or onions off your hands. This is why, you can pick up this stainless steel soap as a gift for chef; it will easily rub the foul odor away!

Chefs or cooks simply need to rub their hands over this soap while running water over it. The impressive thing is that the soap comes with its own handy tray.

Culinary Blow Torch

Culinary Blow Torch

You’ve must have seen culinary torch being used to caramelize sugar atop deserts. 

But, it is also a perfect for roasting bell peppers, marshmallows, toasting bread crumbs, melting cheese, searing meat, and so much more.

Indeed, it is one of the best gifts for chefs as it gives out double flame and comes handy for multiple cooking tasks.

This butane-fueled torch can be refilled as and when required, and it can provide up to a whopping 1150℃/2102℉ high flame! 

Digital Kitchen Scale

Digital Kitchen Scale

How could a chef manage without a kitchen scale at hand?

The kitchen scale is essential equipment in a chef’s kitchen of every level, as they can use it to measure the weight of various ingredients precisely. This practice can considerably reduce prep up and cleaning time as you won’t need measuring cups and spoons anymore!

The readings on this scale are quite accurate and displayed on a large LCD screen in either Metric or Imperial mode.

The unit also has an impressive Tare function.

Digital Oven Thermometer

Digital Oven Thermometer

Most grills and ovens include a built-in thermometer, but they are often of poor quality and cheap.

That is when this durable Digital Oven thermometer comes in!

This smart digital oven thermometer can be controlled via an app within the range of 160ft. For safety, the phone app and thermometer- both will give off an alarm when the food reaches its ideal temperature.

Besides, the stainless steel probes provide accurate and fast readouts. Hence, it is the best gift for a chef who loves perfectly-cooked, oven-grilled meats.

“Where Chefs Eat” Guide

"Where Chefs Eat" Guide

Even chefs need a change sometimes and want to explore other chef’s food.

That’s why, this comprehensive restaurant guide “Where Chef Eats” has come up with more than 3000 restaurants in over 70 countries with their key information, maps, honest comments, reviews, etc.

More than 600 expert chefs write the guide, so it is a perfect gift for a budding chef who loves to explore different places and cuisine!

Indoor Herb Gardening Kit

Indoor Herb Gardening Kit

You will see many pro chefs growing their own fresh herbs indoors.

So, this 6-pod indoor herb growing kit will make a great gift for chefs who engage in this practice. They can grow fresh, flavor-rich herbs, tomatoes, and salad greens throughout the year with this kit, right over their kitchen countertop.

It comes with full-spectrum LED grow lights and an intuitive control panel. And since it is a hydroponic garden, it uses no soil, and the herbs grow in minimal water.

Sushi Knife

Sushi Knife

Getting those perfect sushi slices without any mess is a trick in itself.

Chefs and cooks ought to use a sharp and narrow sushi knife for the same. Get them this 10″ Japanese-style narrow sushi knife made for slicing, filleting or cutting sushi rolls, raw fish, Sashimi, and so on.

It will be a great gift for a chef, be it seasoned or an amateur.

Pizza Oven

Pizza Oven

Who wouldn’t love an easy-to-use, premium quality Pizza Oven?

Motivate your chef friend to get creative with this intuitive Pizza oven featuring LED display, automatic timer and a rotary dial to adjust settings.

Not to mention, the oven can make many dishes and not just a pizza!

Conclusion

With this, we conclude our detailed post on the best gift for a chef. 

I hope you were able to pick a great cooking gift for chefs, be it a functional or funny one. All the above-mentioned gift ideas for chefs and cooks are sure to make their time in the kitchen more enjoyable and convenient.

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