What to buy Chefs | Gifts for Beginner Chefs 2020 | Gift Ideas for Every Chef

As a 30-something old chef, I have many memories of geeking out over new kitchen stuff. 

Sometimes they are new gadgets, or sometimes they are those old kitchen staples that you would find in Julia Child’s home. 

If you are shopping for a young chef who loves the kitchen, or a loved one who just loves to cook, I want to help you out. 
Below are some of my favorite cooking gadgets, cookware and all things kitchen. 
This list is for those that can spend hours in the kitchen and forget about time. They get so into their craft, art, and the science of cooking. It’s a true love affair. 
I hope this list is useful for picking out that gift for your special someone. 

Before you scroll through the list, take a moment to think what kind of chef are you shopping for…

Are they more into the science of cooking, or are they more into the art and discovering new flavor combinations?

If you’re buying for a more science-driven chef, a thick cookbook like Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and a new kitchen gadgets will be most appreciated. 
If your chef is more of the artistic kind, they might appreciate a new cookbook like Ottolenghi Flavor or would love to get a pot that has memories, like the heavy Le Creuset that will last their whole lifetime. 
So, first identify what kind of chef you are shopping for. 
Today, there is also the content creator, or chef that films him or herself cooking (like me). In that case, a phone stand would be really appreciated and doesn’t cost much. It would validate his or her craft by making it easier to film and post their cooking journey online. 
With those thoughts in mind, take a peek at the list and see what might spark their joy. 
Message me if you have any questions! Instagram @chefjoannas


Chefs who appreciate quality

  • Le Creuset Pot- Statement Piece
  • Le Creuset Skillet- Most Popular (comes in different colors)
  • All-Clad Cookware
  • Calphalon Cookware


For the readers

  • Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
  • On Food and Science
  • Nigellissima
  • Barefoot Contessa
  • Jamie Oliver
  • Ottolenghi
  • Milk Street: The New Rules: Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook

Kitchen Tools and Gadgets

Stocking Stuffers

  • Vegetable peeler
  • Garlic sleeve
  • Microplane
  • Immersion Blender

Plant-Based Chef

  • Vitamix
  • Food Processor
  • Immersion Blender
  • Blue Zone Cookbook
  • The Complete Plant-Based Cookbook for Beginners
  • Afro-Vegan
  • Vegan for Everybody
  • Plants-Only Kitchen: Over 70 Delicious, Super-Simple, Powerful and Protein-Packed Recipes for Busy People
  • Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week

Chefs Who Love Knives

  • Wusthof Knives
  • Globe Knives
  • Sharpening Stone
  • Boos Wooden Block

The Eco-Friendly Chef

  • Beeswax wrap
  • Stasher reusable bags
  • Glass tupperware

Experimental Chef

  • Anova Sous vide machine
  • Air Fryer


  • Lame
  • Banneton
  • Lodge Dutch Oven
  • Danish Whisk
  • Digital Scale
  • Tartine Bread Cookbook by Chad Robertson


  • Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer
  • Kitchen-Aid Hand-Held Mixer
  • Sifters
  • Pyrex Mixing Bowls
  • Wooden Rolling Pin
  • Marble Pastry Stone
  • Donut Baking Tray
  • Good Quality Spatula
  • Digital Scale
  • Pyrex Mixing Bowls

Chefs Who Love Asian Cooking

  • Wok
  • Chopsticks
  • Chinese Dumpling steam basket
  • Long Chopsticks
  • Rice Cooker
  • Bamboo Roller for Sushi
  • Shun Knives
  • Miyabi Knives

Video Content Creators

  • Phone Stand
  • Campstove to film
  • Glass Pyrex mixing bowls

Chefs Who Love Italy (like me)


  • Pasta Machine
  • Potato Ricer
  • Wooden Rolling Pin


  • Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • Arborio Rice
  • Porcini Mushrooms
  • San Marzano Tomatoes
  • Dried Oregano
  • Olives
  • Crackers
  • Mulino Bianco Cookies
  • High Quality Pasta
  • Squid Ink to color pasta black
  • Truffle Salt
  • Truffle Oil


This list can be overwhelming, but I hope it gets you thinking more about your special someone. Try to think about how they cook and what excites them in the kitchen. Then, you will have a better idea about what they would really love. 
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