If you are shopping for your own Top Chefs, you probably assume they already have everything they need for the kitchen. But cooking trends and kitchen tools are always advancing, and even cooking wizards can use a new item or two from this collection of chef-tastic kitchen gadgets, small appliances and cookware from Houzz. Watch the video (left) to see why chef Joey Altman loves them all.
This manual espresso maker has a sculptural shape that makes fixing that morning cup a unique experience. Chef Joey Altman proclaims it is a great gift for the hands-on foodie. Hot water, espresso grinds and a manual push create espresso that’s the same quality as a cup fresh from an expensive motorized machine.
This little gizmo will save your favorite chefs plenty of tears. No need to feel the burn from handling hot peppers — chefs can crunch them up in this pliable tool and sprinkle them from openings in the top. Its red rubber and stainless steel design makes it a fun accent for the spice shelf.
Available only on Houzz. Guatemalan, hand-harvested fleur de sel, sel gris and flakes await to tantalize the taste buds. Your chef will love being able to measure just how much salt is needed from the included concrete salt cellar.
Dubbed “the Rolls Royce of stockpots” by chef Altman, this pot is as beautiful as it is wonderful to cook with. Its combination of copper, aluminum and stainless steel distributes heat evenly and provides the superior temperature control that’s so important to serious chefs.
You’ll steam and strain with total assurance, thanks to this improved take on the colander. Ergonomic stay-cool handles and sturdy, heavy-duty construction make preparing veggies, pasta and more a pure pleasure. This steamer-strainer fits right into the All-Ply stockpot.
Many recipes that serious cooks use call for weighing ingredients instead of using teaspoons and cups. Having a handy scale nearby ensures the results will be right. This digital scale also makes a great gift for anyone who is careful about counting calories, or at least plans to be careful about it starting January 1.
Exclusive to Houzz, this pan is the crème de la crème of frying pans. Its beautiful copper provides even heat, while the tin lining won’t react with acids, preventing any metallic tastes in the food. The hand-hammered texture and brass handle ensure that this pan will have a place of pride on the pot rack.
Not only will this deep fryer get fries to the perfect level of crispiness, but it is also easy to clean, which is almost as important. After all, if it’s a pain to clean, your chef won’t be as motivated to make you those delectable fried treats.
An editor at Fine Cooking once likened a chef’s knives to a dance partner, and it’s true. Cooking with a dull knife is like doing the tango with someone with a sprained ankle. Help your favorite chef perform at his or her best with this electric knife sharpener. Its adjustable settings mean it can sharpen every knife in the drawer.
With all the sleek appliances and technology in modern kitchens, it’s important to throw in some handmade items as well. This oven rack puller is hand crafted by artisans in Pennsylvania, and it has the warmth of wild cherrywood. It’s great for saving fingers from scorching; it hooks right into the rack to make pulling out a hot one painless.
Perfect for the holidays or Valentine’s Day, this vibrant red silicone trivet will give you just the touch of color you want and just enough heat protection to put your special home-cooked dish on a countertop or table. Hang it from a hook on your wall for a pop of color in the kitchen.
Do you love tea but hate waiting for the water to heat up? While it won’t keep you on the couch, this 3¼-quart hot-water dispenser just might replace your old teakettle. On-demand tea at your fingertips, voilà!
If you’re a Food Network junkie and dream of having your own food show, first try this convection oven at home. While you’re writing the script for your new cooking show, the fan-forced heat circulation will let you bake, grill, roast or steam, all in less time. The cooking mechanism preserves nutrients and keep meats tender.
Do you always feel like you’re rushing to get out the door in the morning, leaving no time for breakfast? This rapid egg cooker will help that rant subside; it can cook soft-, medium- or hard-boiled eggs in 12 minutes or less. You can easily have an egg on the go every day of your workweek, as the tray holds up to six eggs. For leisurely weekend mornings, try the poaching option.
This rapid citrus juicer will speed your breakfast prep with its automatic on-off function; two reamers to juice grapefruits, oranges, lemons and limes (large and small); and ample room to hold enough for the whole week. When you’ve had your fill, toss all the parts in the dishwasher for easy cleanup, leaving you plenty of time to head to the farmer’s market for the next batch of fruit.
And the beat goes on … just in time for the holidays. Not only is this red hand mixer stylish enough for a rock star, you will enjoy all the beats it’ll produce. It features 220 watts of power with automatic feedback, easy speed controls and a swivel cord for right- or left-handed use. While you probably have your own secret recipes ready to mix, this hand mixer comes with a recipe book and a handy spatula.
Let’s get this straight: You really love chocolate macaroons, but you haven’t tried to make them yet? I bet you’ll find the ganache supereasy to make with this stainless steel 5.4-quart saucepan. Noted for its durability and high temperature threshold (1,000 degrees Fahrenheit), it will help you be a ganache pro in no time.
Would you like to explore more food options? This spice box, made in Germany, is a creative way to start your new path. With its modern file cabinet design and compact size, you can put it anywhere in your kitchen. Six containers come with preprinted and blank labels readable from both sides.
You’ll soon be the favorite parent (or grandparent) of the class when you bring your famous raspberry lemon muffins in this 12-slot muffin pan with carrying lid. Featuring a nonstick collar for easy grabs, these Zenker pans are constructed of steel for great heat conduction. Best of all, when you bring that pan back home — empty, of course — you can toss it in the dishwasher for easy cleanup.
How do you like your coffee: strong, sweet or spicy? You can try a variety of flavor options in this vibrant red 12-cup Cuisinart coffeemaker. You can program the time, there’s a keep-warm temperature for all-day enjoyment. And if you’re in a hurry, the Brew Pause feature lets you enjoy a cup of coffee before brewing has finished. No more wasted time in coffee-shop lines just to get that fresh cup.
Running out of space for those holiday baking essentials? This Cuisinart six-piece clear container set (with red tops) gives you stackable, seal-tight options to store your food in the refrigerator or freezer. You can also heat them in the microwave and clean them in the dishwasher. A pump-and-turn feature removes excess air and seals the container, keeping your food fresh longer.
Classic European living: Isn’t that what you think of when you see this aluminum stovetop coffeemaker? Made from quality cast aluminum with a heat-resistant handle, this small coffee appliance may deceive you with its size; the quality of the coffee it brews will make you feel as if you’re on the Champs-Elysées, enjoying a petit crème.
Ready, set, press on! You’ve got the latest Bon Appetit holiday cookie edition. You’ve got the perfect sugar cookie dough recipe. Next comes making the cookies. With this Kuhn Rikon cookie press, you can make the most adorable hearts, pinwheels, squares, ovals and more in a jiffy. The one-handed operation is easy for right- or left-handed cooks. And the nifty see-through barrel lets you know exactly how much dough is left inside.
If you worry about cross contamination from different foods being cut on the same cutting board, you’ll love this award-winning chopping board categorization system. It’s so easy to use, with four color-coded chopping boards with nonslip feet on both sides and fun index-style tabs each identifying the food type (raw meat, cooked food, fish and vegetables). Its modern gray color makes it even more attractive. Easy to clean, cool design, fun to use … does it get any better than that?
All the colors of the rainbow! That’s what you get — and more — with this innovative nine-piece food-prep set from the Nest collection. With measuring cups, a colander, and mixing and serving bowls, it has it all, beautifully stacked and ready to use. Display the individual pieces for a touch of color on your kitchen shelf or stack them where space is tight.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for tea lovers, look no further. This cordless electric kettle in polished red packs the power of 1,500 watts and 1.7 liters of water, creating the perfect cup of tea, coffee or instant soup in a jiffy. And if you’re the forgetful type, don’t worry; the unit automatically shuts off after the water has reached boiling temperature. Best parts: a 360-degree rotating function, no cord and a mesh filter to trap lime and calcium particles.
Tagines are vessels used in Moroccan cuisine for slow cooking stews, meat or vegetables. This lovely version could give you an excuse to try your hand at some new recipes. It would also look good on a dinner table holding napkins, salt and pepper shakers, and other necessities when not being put to culinary use.
How about this beautiful caddy for your shack? Each is carved from ecologically forested acacia wood with a center stem, a round finger handle and slightly curved edges for portability. Picture the gorgeous grain showing off your pastries, finger sandwiches or hors d’oeuvres.
Before you leave for a party, your dessert or appetizer looks great. When you arrive, sometimes it’s a different story. With this convenient carrier, your contribution not only will arrive intact but at the right temperature for serving.
New York designer Gail Garcia put her own hip, happy spin on this handy kitchen trivet. Printed front and back and made of environmentally friendly cork, this trivet is naturally heat resistant and washable, to keep your table looking good — in more ways than one.