Here are links to products that in my opinion are best in their category for any chef or serious home cook. When I choose what to list here I first take into account my experience – many of these items I owe or used to owe. And many I used in different restaurants where I worked. Also, I take into account value for money, ratio price/quality.
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The choice of knives that you can buy now is huge! I will stick to a few options here – the knives that I currently owe. Some of them have been with me for many years. And a secret here – a great knife is important in our profession, but a good knife will do the job just fine. Just buy a good chef (you will get most of the jobs done with it) and a couple of more to start.
Some items here are iconic in kitchens. They are not even called by what they are – they are called (between chefs) by make – examples are blenders – Termomix and Robo Coupe; fine grater – Microplane; mixer – Kitchen Aid (in Spain just Kitchen) and Kenwood etc. I will try to give suggestions for every budget in each category.
Here I will list not only items that we use in a professional kitchen but also items that I use at home (and I wish I would have!!). As some of them are very expensive, so I will list some alternatives. Makes such as
Staub and Le Creuset (they are on my Wish List) are of exceptional quality, but pricy!
Here I listed my favourite books, all of them I owe. In my early years of working as a chef, I used to get two types of presents – knives and books. I adapted to it after receiving some not very good ones. So I told people who wanted to buy me a gift WHAT books were on my wish list. My advice – do the same 😉
Usually, a uniform ( or some of the uniform) is given by your employer in a restaurant. In many cases, you can still opt-out out to wear your own. Here are different options from basic (which are my favourite) to some more expensive items. I can not emphasise enough – getting shoes right – is by far the most important item in a chef’s life!
Hi! I am Ilya, a professional chef with 22 years of experience working in London and Barcelona. Here I will share with you some of my favourite recipes and also some tips and tricks of the chef’s trade.
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