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Any college grad just going out on their own, or someone who just found a new love of cooking will need equipment to be inspired. This collection of gifts is perfect for any beginner chef or cook on your list.

Measuring spoons will last for life, these copper versions you'll want forever, too

COPPER MEASURING CUPS

We love these copper measuring cups. Whether you're baking or cooking, measuring cups are a staple, so invest in some nice ones and your beginner chef will have them forever.

Find it on Baking Warehouse

A serving platter is a dining essential

SERVING TRAY

Your beginner chef will undoubtedly be hosting lots of dinners. This Mango wood tray from Pier One is classic, sturdy and has just enough design that it will be something that you'll be delighted to serve on for a long time to come.

Find it on Pier One

A cooking class with Hungarian chef Agnes Barath will teach the basics

BEGINNER COOKING CLASS WITH THE CHEF & THE DISH

The best way to learn to cook is with some help... This Goulash cooking class with Chef Agnes Barath from Budapest is perfect for anyone who wants to master the basics of a hearty stew, easy homemade noodles, and walnut or apple strudel. It's a perfect balance of basic skills peppered in with more advanced techniques.

Find on The Chef & The Dish

Well made mixing bowls will make your beginner chef's life easy

MIXING BOWLS

These stainless steel mixing bowls also come in copper. An essential in any beginner cooks kitchen, and these are beautiful enough to display.

Find it on Williams Sonoma

A Peugeot pepper mill will be a treasured gift

PEPPER MILL

Fresh crushed black pepper makes a world of a difference in cooking. When freshly crushed it releases oils from the spice for a more potent seasoning. Buy a pepper mill that has a shiny surface for easy cleaning and has an extended warranty on mechanisms like the quintential Paris model from Peugeot.

Find it on Peugeot Online

RISOTTO IN-DEPTH COOKING CLASS WITH THE CHEF & THE DISH

Risotto is considered a "fundamental" at The Chef & The Dish. With the basic skills to make risotto, you'll have everything from lazy weeknight meals to a dish to impress guests. The Risotto In Depth Cooking Class, hosted live with a chef video calling into your kitchen from Italy, is a perfect way to master three fundamental risottos. With one using meat, another vegetable and the last a fruit risotto, you'll have risotto covered!

Find on The Chef & The Dish

A mini food prep will make tasks easier

MINI PREP CUISINART FOOD PROCESSOR

This 4-cup food processor is a great gift for any beginner cook. It's just big enough to make large chopping projects easy to take on salsas, chutneys and pastes.

Find it on Williams Sonoma

Small spice jars are nice to display and will keep spices fresh

SPICE JARS

Spices and understanding how to use them is important when learning how to cook! Mini spice jars are a great way to store small amounts of spices, important to make sure they keep fresh. These attractive jars will also be easy to sort through in the cupboard, too.

Find it Crate & Barrel

The Wusthof Kitchen Surfer is great for a beginner cook

WüSTHOF KITCHEN SURFER CHEF KNIFE

A hybrid between a cook’s knife and a Japanese-style santoku, the Wüsthof Kitchen Surfer blade is shorter in length making it easier to use, while the bigger handle helps with control. The "rockered" edge allows for a fluid chopping action, and enables first time and beginner cooks to "surf" from job to job in the kitchen.

Find it on Wüsthof

This Calphalon Cookware is great quality and will last for a long time

CALPHALON CONTEMPORARY STAINLESS SET

As your beginner cook becomes more experienced, they'll see the importance of using stainless steel pans, which become non-stick when learning more about proper heat! This lifetime warranty set from Calphalon offers a great beginner set for any avid cook on your list.

Find it on Calphalon

Every cook needs flexible cooking mats

CUTTING MAT

The 4-piece Imperial Kitchen Flexible Cutting Mat is the #1 cutting board on Amazon, and there's a reason for that. The flexible but high quality material makes it easy to bring to your stovetop during cooking and even easier to wash after. Each mat is labeled with it's purpose so it's great for people who have allergies to make sure cutting boards stick to task!

Find it on Amazon

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Best Gifts for the Beginner Chef

Updated: Dec 5, 2021


Any college grad just going out on their own, or someone who just found a new love of cooking will need equipment to be inspired. This collection of gifts is perfect for any beginner chef or cook on your list.

Measuring spoons will last for life, these copper versions you'll want forever, too

COPPER MEASURING CUPS

We love these copper measuring cups. Whether you're baking or cooking, measuring cups are a staple, so invest in some nice ones and your beginner chef will have them forever.

A serving platter is a dining essential

SERVING TRAY

Your beginner chef will undoubtedly be hosting lots of dinners. This Mango wood tray from Pier One is classic, sturdy and has just enough design that it will be something that you'll be delighted to serve on for a long time to come.

A cooking class with Hungarian chef Agnes Barath will teach the basics

BEGINNER COOKING CLASS WITH THE CHEF & THE DISH

The best way to learn to cook is with some help... This Goulash cooking class with Chef Agnes Barath from Budapest is perfect for anyone who wants to master the basics of a hearty stew, easy homemade noodles, and walnut or apple strudel. It's a perfect balance of basic skills peppered in with more advanced techniques.

Well made mixing bowls will make your beginner chef's life easy

MIXING BOWLS

These stainless steel mixing bowls also come in copper. An essential in any beginner cooks kitchen, and these are beautiful enough to display.

A Peugeot pepper mill will be a treasured gift

PEPPER MILL

Fresh crushed black pepper makes a world of a difference in cooking. When freshly crushed it releases oils from the spice for a more potent seasoning. Buy a pepper mill that has a shiny surface for easy cleaning and has an extended warranty on mechanisms like the quintential Paris model from Peugeot.

RISOTTO IN-DEPTH COOKING CLASS WITH THE CHEF & THE DISH

Risotto is considered a "fundamental" at The Chef & The Dish. With the basic skills to make risotto, you'll have everything from lazy weeknight meals to a dish to impress guests. The Risotto In Depth Cooking Class, hosted live with a chef video calling into your kitchen from Italy, is a perfect way to master three fundamental risottos. With one using meat, another vegetable and the last a fruit risotto, you'll have risotto covered!

A mini food prep will make tasks easier

MINI PREP CUISINART FOOD PROCESSOR

This 4-cup food processor is a great gift for any beginner cook. It's just big enough to make large chopping projects easy to take on salsas, chutneys and pastes.

Small spice jars are nice to display and will keep spices fresh

SPICE JARS

Spices and understanding how to use them is important when learning how to cook! Mini spice jars are a great way to store small amounts of spices, important to make sure they keep fresh. These attractive jars will also be easy to sort through in the cupboard, too.

The Wusthof Kitchen Surfer is great for a beginner cook

WüSTHOF KITCHEN SURFER CHEF KNIFE

A hybrid between a cook’s knife and a Japanese-style santoku, the Wüsthof Kitchen Surfer blade is shorter in length making it easier to use, while the bigger handle helps with control. The "rockered" edge allows for a fluid chopping action, and enables first time and beginner cooks to "surf" from job to job in the kitchen.

This Calphalon Cookware is great quality and will last for a long time

CALPHALON CONTEMPORARY STAINLESS SET

As your beginner cook becomes more experienced, they'll see the importance of using stainless steel pans, which become non-stick when learning more about proper heat! This lifetime warranty set from Calphalon offers a great beginner set for any avid cook on your list.

Every cook needs flexible cooking mats

CUTTING MAT

The 4-piece Imperial Kitchen Flexible Cutting Mat is the #1 cutting board on Amazon, and there's a reason for that. The flexible but high quality material makes it easy to bring to your stovetop during cooking and even easier to wash after. Each mat is labeled with it's purpose so it's great for people who have allergies to make sure cutting boards stick to task!

RELATED

Learn how to cook, with a private in-home cooking class!

The Chef & The Dish has been rated best gifts by NY Post, Forbes, Delish, and more!

Cook with a chef from around the world - all without leaving your kitchen! Video call a chef live in Italy, Thailand and more countries into your home for a great date-night in, girls get-together, epic dinner party or gift for someone you love.