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Gift Ideas for the Professional Chef

Updated on December 6, 2014

Useful and Thoughtful Gifts your Chef will Love - Mine Does!!

If you have a Chef on your gift giving list this year, Welcome to our Best Chef Gifts for him or her!

I'm married to a fabulous Chef and I know how picky they can be to shop for. A Chef wants what they want and it's gotta be the best of the best in the culinary world! I've compiled the best gifts your chef will love whether they've been a professional chef for years like mine or they're just starting out in the culinary arts.

A Chef is not very different from other people that want to be appreciated for their hard work and creativity - they're artists with an eye for beautiful combinations of food and excel at presentation. Recognizing a Chef's work and contributions is thoughtful and will be very appreciated!

Gifts for the Chef include chef coats and chef pants, collectible chef items, professional cookbooks, Chef shoes and other useful and thoughtful gifts to give. Plus, you'll find some great stocking stuffer ideas, birthday gift ideas or an anniversary gift for Chef on the playful side here too that won't break the bank!

(image of World's Best Chef ornament courtesy of amazon)

Best Chef Gifts: The Encyclopedia of Creative Cooking

This is one of my husband's favorite cookbooks. It has 800 amazing photos to inspire the professional chef with great dishes, easy to follow recipes for everything from homemade dough and soups to pasta, lamb, pork, beef and more. I love a cookbook with an index and this one is alphabetized and super easy to find what you're looking for. Plus the recipes are easy to follow for home or your working chef and any new Chef or aspiring Chef would also love it.

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Henckel Professional Chef Knife Set - My husband's number 1 choice of Chef Knives!

When my husband was interviewed by our local newspaper on his own favorite knives, he spoke highly of the knives he uses every day and these are the ones! German made Zwilling Henckel knives and accessories are professional grade, quality workmanship knives and tools every chef would love. Henckel offers ergonomic handles, stainless steel blades that hold a sharp edge well and will last for years to come. You can't go wrong buying any one of these Henckel knives as the perfect gift idea for a Chef.

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Cuisine 8-Inch Chef's Knife (B-Grade*)
Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Cuisine 8-Inch Chef's Knife (B-Grade*)

Make sure to look for 'made in Germany' as these are the authentic Henckels and the ones you want.


Here's my hard working chef husband

My husband is a hard working professional chef making homemade ravioli here.
My husband is a hard working professional chef making homemade ravioli here. | Source
9 Pocket Professional Soft Knife Roll Bag by Ergo Chef (black)
9 Pocket Professional Soft Knife Roll Bag by Ergo Chef (black)

Every Chef I've ever known has his own personal knives and carries them in a soft knife roll. New Chefs will love and appreciate this gift or get a new one for the experienced Chef that may need a new knife roll!


Best Chef Gifts: Ergo Chef 9 Pocket Professional Soft Knife Roll - Soft knife rolls won't add additional weight once all your Chef knives are added!

Even when we had our own restaurant, my Chef/husband felt better taking his knives home with him every night instead of leaving them behind. Your own Chef would love a knife roll for his own prized possessions too!

A Professional Mandoline Slicer - Every Chef wants their own Mandoline Slicer and this one offers a carry case!

MIU France Stainless Steel Professional Mandoline Slicer
MIU France Stainless Steel Professional Mandoline Slicer

A mandoline slicer makes fast work of cutting beautifully consistent shapes of fruits and vegetables that turn into works of art in the kitchen!


There are many times when the job of the chef requires them to use their own ideas, menus, recipes and even equipment.

A mandoline is a great slicer for all sorts of cutting tasks that help to create evenly consistent sized slices of fruits, cheeses, small meats and vegetables.

The handy carry case lets it come and go to work or to be stored in a locker or office space.

Chef Skull Caps are the favorite style of hat for today's chefs! - The Health Department requires that all professional workers in the food service industry cov

We had our kitchen personnel wear skull caps just like these below, they're not bulky, keep the hair in place on the head and not in food plus they're not too hot like many other kitchen hats are. They look really cool too!

Chef Coats for Him or Her - the more the merrier! - The official uniform of the Professional Chef includes a white coat with at least 3/4 length sleeves to prot

Most employers do not provide a Chef's uniform so they'll love and appreciate having lots of chef coats on hand to reduce their laundry:)

The standard work uniform for a chef is always a welcome gift and with a unisex design can be a top choice for the gift you're searching for.

Unisex Chef Pants - Comfortable, soft, easy to work and move in work pants for the busy chef!

Five Star Chef Apparel 18101 Men's Zipper Front Chef Pant Black L
Five Star Chef Apparel 18101 Men's Zipper Front Chef Pant Black L

This is the standard and universally accepted pant for a Chef's uniform. They protect the skin from burns and aren't too thick and allow the skin to breathe for those super hot kitchens.


Moisture Wicking Socks - Great stocking stuffers - moisture wicking socks will keep your Chef's feet dry and odor free!

Working in any kitchen for long hours inevitably leads to sore, sweaty, aching feet.

One way to make it a little better is a pair of socks that helps to absorb moisture better than average socks.

See the reviews for yourself and pick up a pair of Nike moisture wicking socks.

Dr. Martens 8053 5 Eye Padded Collar Shoe, Black Nappa, 10 UK/11 US Men
Dr. Martens 8053 5 Eye Padded Collar Shoe, Black Nappa, 10 UK/11 US Men

My husband prefers a shoes like this one not only for on the line cooking during business hours but also, during closed business hours when he has loads of prep work to do to prepare for the dinner hour. They're super comfy on those cement and tile floors in our commercial kitchen and make a great gift.


Dr Marten Shoes for the hard working Chef - Give the gift of comfort for feet!

For someone like a chef, they stand for long hours on lots of different hard floors such as cement, tile, hard wood floors and thin carpeting.

A good pair of shoes is something my husband insists on and the Doc Marten brand delivers comfort as well as safety from burns should he ever spill hot sauces, grease or drop a pan.

The Fat Chef Collection - Cute and Useful gifts for the Chef!

I started collecting fun Chef kitchen items many years ago and they look sweet and whimsical in any kitchen decor. Some gifts are just for fun and to show your appreciation of how much your chef does for you and make a great idea for your themed kitchen.

© 2012 Cindy

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