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.
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.
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.
These stainless steel mixing bowls also come in copper. An essential in any beginner cooks kitchen, and these are beautiful enough to display.
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.
BEGINNER COOKING CLASS WITH THE CHEF & THE DISH
The best way to learn to cook is with some help... Video conference a chef from around the world into your kitchen and get private coaching while you whip up an epic meal! Like this Goulash cooking class with Chef Agnes Barath from Budapest. Learn the basics of a hearty stew, easy homemade noodles, and walnut strudel. It's a perfect balance of basic skills peppered in with more advanced techniques.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Learn how to cook, with a private in-home cooking class!
The Chef & The Dish has been rated best gifts by TimeOut NY, Forbes, Chowhound, and more!
Learn to cook with a chef or culinary expert from around the world - all without leaving your kitchen! Skype a chef who lives 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.