Organic Gardening Gift Guide Kitchen Tools

Chefs use their kitchen tools for hours every day. So when searching for perfect, simple tools that would last, we knew exactly who to call for recommendations. Gift these to the chef in your life.

Microplane Adjustable Slicer with Julienne Blade

"The mandoline is the kitchen tool I could not live without. You can slice and dice your heart out on just about anything on the mandoline. If you have ever wondered how a restaurant gets a paper-thin slice or perfect matchstick-size vegetable, it has most likely been cut on a mandoline."—Chandra Gouldrup, Chef/Owner, The Farmer's Daughter, North Easton, Massachusetts.

$30 from Microplane

Vitamix 5200 Blender

"The Vitamix blender is an essential tool in our kitchens. Its versatility makes processes like pureeing, grinding, and mixing quick and effortless. We use it to puree fresh fruit for sorbet and to create fresh tomato, cucumber, and melon waters. We use it to mix our housemade cilantro chutney, and to make samosas."—Anne Quatrano, Executive Chef/Owner, Bacchanalia and five other Atlanta-area restaurants

$450 from Vitamix

Lee's Corn Cutter and Creamer

"It makes the most unbelievable creamed corn with just three simple ingredients: corn, butter, and salt. The secret is in the unique cutting tool attached to the handle that milks and cuts the kernels from the ear in one motion. It catches all the sweetness the corn has to offer with great ease."—Kipp Ramsey, Farm-to-Table Manager, Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, St. Helena, California

$13 for wood, $16 for stainless steel, from Lee Manufacturing Company

Microplane Premium Classic Zester/Grater

"The Microplane is an essential tool for me every day in both of my restaurants' kitchens. Whether grating Parmigiano-Reggiano over a risotto, shaving hazelnuts over a dessert, or zesting 20 limes to make a delicious vinaigrette, the Microplane is the tool that I continually reach for day in and day out."—Will Bradof, Chef/Owner, Trio and Local, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

$15 from Microplane

7¼" MAC Chef Series Utility Knife

"I have four knives in my bag that I use on an everyday basis: a 10-inch chef's knife, a paring knife, a slicer that I use specifically for fish, and my 7¼-inch MAC utility knife that I use more than any of them. Its size and balance are perfect for doing all my skilled knife work. It is definitely the most versatile knife that I own."—Jeff Harris, Executive Chef, Bolsa and Bolsa Mercado, Dallas, Texas

$73 from MAC Knife

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