Philly Chefs' Best Christmas Gadget Picks

Gifts for your kitchen guru from the city's gourmet gurus.

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Vaello Campos / Garces Restaurant Group
The newly-minted 'Iron Chef' can't live without his iron pans -- and he loves Vaello Campos Paella Pans. They are made in Spain and are perfect for paella. Jose sells them in his restaurant Amada for $20 each.
Kitchen Aid /
“I love the new pasta extruder attachment on the Kitchen Aid mixer. It works really well," says chef Marc Vetri. Vetri has two restaurants in Philly -- Vetri and Osteria -- that set the standard for Italian cuisine.
Staub / Starr Restaurants
Masaharu Morimoto, Executive Chef of Morimoto – “I would give a Staub pot as a holiday gift. Staub pots have many choices in color and size, and would be a great gift.”
Mouli /
Alex Capasso of Black Bird restaurant couldn’t be without a Mouli ricer -- he uses the special food mill to prepare his Franco-Italian cuisine. His restaurant was recently voted to have the best pasta dish in the city.
Benriner /
Susanna Foo is famous for her modern approach to Asian cuisine and is enjoying continued success at her Radnor location. Her favorite kitchen gadget to give is a Japanese mandolin slicer -- she cuts all sorts of vegetables with it.
Le Creuset / John Boos / Peugeot / STARR Restaurants
Hugh Moran, Executive Chef of POD – “Some of my favorite holiday gifts help to make cooking at home more enjoyable for friends and family. They include Boos cutting boards, Peugeot pepper mills and anything from Le Creuset. These manufacturers’ products are all designed to work well and last for years. I enjoy being able to encourage others to cook at home and get more satisfaction out of it. Cooking can be cathartic!”
Next Day Gourmet /
Le Bec Fin's Georges Perrier's favorite kitchen appliance is a good Teflon pan. You never have to worry about anything sticking which allows you to cook without butter or oil. He would give this gift with a rubber spatula as you can only use rubber utensils on a Teflon pan.
Williams-Sonoma / STARR Restaurants
Darren Carbone, Executive Chef of El Vez – “Because we sell so many tacos, and it’s one of the things we are known for, I would give a tortilla press. You can special order them at good restaurant supply places, or go down to your local Mexican market and purchase one. They typically come with two pieces of plastic and the press themselves. Masa meseca (fine white corn flour cooked in lime) can be purchased in the ethnic section at most grocery stores nowadays, so once you get a couple under your belt there really is no going back to store-bought tortillas.”
Global /
Every chef needs a good knife and Indeblue owner Rakesh Ramola prefers a Japanese Global knife when preparing traditional Indian food with modern French cuisine.
Misono / STARR Restaurants
Bryan Burger, Executive Chef of Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar – “The knife I would recommend as a gift and have used for years myself is a Misono 440 Gyutou.”
Williams Sonoma
Chef Dionicio Jimenez can't live without his molcajete to make salsas or guacamole at his well-known Mexican restaurant Xochitl. It's the perfect gift for the friend that loves to make their own Mexican dips.
Benriner /
Corey Baver’s restaurant Izumi was recently voted Philly’s best new sushi. And of course, an award-winning chef would know just the right gift to give when it comes to the kitchen. He suggests a Vita-Prep high speed mixer for Christmas -- it’s perfect for making sauces and purees.
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