If there’s someone in your family who loves to cook, then what better gift than something which compliments their enthusiasm for all things culinary. Here’s a range of gift suggestions guaranteed to bring Christmas cheer to the family chef.
Now here’s a gift which is both hilarious and really practical. The Nessie soup ladle by Ototo is a ladle with a Nessie neck, head and feet. Stand her up in a pan of soup for full Nessie effect and when you’ve finished ladling, she’ll stand upright on a plate without spilling soup all over your work surface like a conventional ladle.
Splash out on one of these and you will surely be loved for evermore. Le Creuset have been making their world-famous cookware since 1925 and they are justly beloved by generations of cooks. Their cookware sets come with a lifetime guarantee and are described as heirlooms in the making.
If this sounds a little too specialist, then think again. The five sets of stainless- steel blades on these herb scissors make chopping herbs quick and convenient. They are also great for chopping spring onions and sushi. Once your chef has a pair, they’ll wonder how they ever managed without.
As far as a chef is concerned, there’s no such thing as having too many aprons and if you’re looking for something that is, how shall we say, outrageous, then look no further than Lemon Loco. In terms of quality, these aprons are the real deal, made from 360 GSM canvas and with generous cable ties, but what really sets them apart are their rude, funny and inappropriate designs. If you want to watch the recipient of your gift gasp and then roar with laughter, try gifting them a Lemon Loco apron, they certainly won’t have another one like it.
Made from olive trees that have come to the natural end of their fruiting life, these personalised chopping boards are unique objects of beauty. The grain of olive wood is delight to the eye and the stylish personalisation makes this a gift that any chef would cherish.
It doesn’t matter how many cookbooks the chef in your life has on their groaning bookshelves, there’s always room for one more. There’s plenty of recipes on the internet I hear you say, but it’s not the same is it? A cookbook takes on a life of its own, scribbled notes in the margin, food stains and scorch marks; it becomes a history of the chef’s adventures in cooking. ‘Simply’ by Sabrina Ghayour is currently a top ten best seller. Nigella Lawson enthused that ‘every page is an invitation to cook’. ‘Packed with the Iranian born cook’s trademark Persian flavours’, this is delicious food with the minimum of fuss.
The prints available at society6 are produced by a community of contemporary artists and range from the surreal to the inspiring. What chef wouldn’t want one of these fine prints hanging in their kitchen?