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50 Perfect Cooking Gift Ideas For Men

For the guy who loves to cook, grill, and bake, we’ve got tons of cool cooking gift ideas for men.

Does the man in your life treat his favorite kitchen tools with the utmost care? Would he rather brew his own coffee and beer and smoke his own meats?

If he has every kitchen gadget, cookbook, and specialty food item out there and loves to prepare and try out new flavors, textures, and dishes, this enthusiastic chef will appreciate your addition to his cooking obsessions.

Show him that he doesn’t yet have everything with these fabulous and distinctive cooking gifts for men.

50 Unique Cooking Gift Ideas for Men

Check out the deliciousness in each of these 50 awesome cooking gift ideas for men.

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DIY Gin Mixology Set

  • Invent His Own Liquor

  • $$$$$
  • Cool, Unique, Gourmet

If you know a guy who loves to mix drinks, you can do your part to up his game. This mixology set allows an epicurean mad scientist to create his own gin with a selection of 12 different botanicals, including juniper berry, lavender, and cardamom. Recipes are included, and before you know it, he will be creating perfectly curated and unique cocktails for guests like you.

Himalayan Salt Block

  • Pink Salt Rules

  • $$$$$
  • Cooking, Grilling, Gourmet

For the chef who has everything, you can get him something he never dreamed of. This salt block made from Himalayan Pink Salt is the perfect gourmet gift for men who like to cook. Attractive and with a large space, the handmade block adds robust flavor to everything from grilled meats to vegetables. The block also acts as a serving tray, adding visual flair to any food presentation.

Popcorn Variety Pack

  • Movie Night Gourmet

  • $$$$$
  • Food, Unique, Cool

When buying cooking gifts for men, you might remember that he wants to enjoy a gift as much as use a gift. This popcorn variety pack is for enjoying along with a good movie. The pack includes three different mixes of popcorn kernels and eight different flavorings, including sweet and salty and chili lime. The flavorings can even be used on other snack foods, so your chef’s creative side can continue to blossom.

Shiitake Mushroom Log Kit

  • A Fun Food Experiment

  • $$$$$
  • Chef, Cool, Gourmet

What do you get a man who likes to cook but seems to have everything already? If he loves shiitake mushrooms, he will love this shiitake mushroom log kit. A whole lot of fun, this kit comes as a log with mushroom spores already inside. Every time he needs fresh, organic mushrooms for an omelet or a dish, he’ll think of how you found the one thing he still needed.

Snoop Dogg Cookbook

  • Snoop In The Kitchen

  • $$$$$
  • Cookbook, Kitchen, Cool

A varied cookbook collection is the mark of any chef, whether he likes comfort foods or bread making. You can’t offer him something more unique than this cookbook created by Snoop Dogg himself. Snoop doesn’t skimp on recipes and includes everything from fried bologna to orange chicken to lobster thermidor. Nothing is off-limits and everything is well illustrated with tons of personality attached.

Garlic-A-Peel Container

  • One-Stop Shop Garlic Tool

  • $$$$$
  • Gadget, Kitchen, Chef

Any man who cooks knows how annoying it can be to peel, chop, mince, and gather up garlic. You will be on the top of his thank you list when you give him the smallest and best of the kitchen gadgets. This tool can peel, dice, mince, and store garlic needed for any recipe out there. It’s easy to clean and will have him adding garlic to existing recipes just for the fun of it.

Coca-Cola Americana Mini Fridge

  • A Classic Place For Beverages

  • $$$$$
  • Cool, Kitchen, Unique

A man who likes to cook has every tool, gadget, and gourmet ingredient in his kitchen…but what about his bedroom, garage, or TV room? A great way to keep snacks and beverages close at hand, this adorable mini fridge is compact, less than 8 pounds, and adorable. The fridge is decked out like a vintage Americana Coca-Cola vending machine. Your boyfriend may never leave its side again.

Smoke Odor Eliminator Candle

  • A Little Coffee For Your Nose Buds

  • $$$$$
  • Kitchen, Cooking, Unique

This candle works wonders for getting rid of cigarette and cigar smoke but works equally well after your chef friend has smoked out the kitchen with grilled meats or (quite accidentally) burned a dish! The scorched smell will be replaced by the warming scent of coffee filling the house. He will be inspired to keep experimenting with cooking techniques since he has a way to clear out the place when his creations fall short.

Heat Resistant Oven Gloves

  • No More Chef’s Burns

  • $$$$$
  • Grilling, Cooking, Chef

Have you seen the man you know out at his beloved BBQ grill with nothing more than his bare hands or a flimsy dish towel? Protect his hands and enrich his culinary life with these strong heat resistant oven gloves. Great for hot ovens, grilling, or deep fryers, these gloves are heavy-duty and dependable protection against the scourge of chefs the world over‒burns.

Dumpling Maker Set

  • Dumplings For Dinner

  • $$$$$
  • Cooking, Chef, Cool

When looking for gifts for men who like to cook, you will remember the moment you stumbled upon this dumpling maker set. You’ll be setting him up for hours of dumpling making fun and enough skill to create beautiful and delicious dumplings for dinner. It comes with a dough cutter, dumpling press, rolling pin, and knife and works for pierogi or empanadas too. He will be the king of dough, thanks to you.

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Coffee Mug Warmer Set

  • A Warm Cup Of Joe

  • $$$$$
  • Gadget, Unique, Cool

When guys are lovers of cooking and food, they tend to focus on what they’re doing in the kitchen and forget about their cup of coffee. Improve their chances with a coffee mug warmer set, which uses thermal conductivity to keep coffee, tea, or hot chocolate as hot as it was when it was made. So, let your chef cook to his heart’s content‒his coffee will be hot and delicious when his feasts are made.

Mezzaluna Knife

  • Slice And Dice Like An Italian

  • $$$$$
  • Gadget, Chef, Unique

Some chefs think they have every knife they need in the kitchen: all-around knives, paring knives, butcher knives. It can be your great pleasure to introduce him to the mezzaluna knife. Meaning “half-moon” in Italian, the mezzaluna is shaped like a crescent and works effortlessly to chop anything he’s got in his pantry or refrigerator with accuracy. Plus, it’s loads of fun and will keep his culinary creativity on the rise.

Bacon, Bourbon & Beer Box

  • Triple-Threat Gift Basket

  • $$$$$
  • Gourmet, Unique, Cool

Just because your dad or husband considers himself a gourmet chef doesn’t mean his palate is too sophisticated to enjoy the best things in life, like bacon, bourbon, and beer. This ultimate in foodie gift baskets is full of manly treats: praline bacon rub, bourbon fudge, and Guinness potato chips, plus much more. The flavors will walk the edge of sweet and salty and have his taste buds bursting at the seams.

Sparkling Wine Sampler

  • Bubbles For Christmas

  • $$$$$
  • Gourmet, Cool, Cooking

A wonderful Christmas gift for a wine lover, this sparkling wine sampler contains four distinct bottles of sparkling wine from France and Italy. He can keep the wines in his already burgeoning collection, drink to his newest culinary creations, or utilize the sparkling wines in some as-yet-unused-way for his next delicious dish.

Chef Clogs

  • Walk Like A Chef

  • $$$$$
  • Chef, Kitchen, Cooking

If you can’t decide on interesting kitchen gadget gifts for men, why not get him a gift that will help with his comfort while he cooks? These professional-grade chef clogs are lightweight, easy to clean, and, most of all, comfortable. There’s a reason that chefs can work long hours while on their feet. No matter how dedicated your guy chef is, he’ll appreciate how much you’re thinking of his comfort first.

Stuffed Burger Press

  • Make A Burger Pro

  • $$$$$
  • Grilling, Cooking, Cool

Every guy who cooks thinks he makes the world’s best burger. Help him achieve this goal with a stuffed burger press. He will be giddy at the thought of creating perfectly formed patties that he can stuff with any filling his chef’s brain can think of, including peppers, cheese, bacon, etc. The press is super easy to use and clean. You will be sure to improve any backyard BBQ in his future.

Cocktail Smoker

  • Smoking In The Kitchen

  • $$$$$
  • Cool, Gadget, Unique

Smoking meats, cheese, and even cocktails are all the rage in the culinary enthusiasts circle, especially where men are concerned. Up his kitchen gadget game with this brilliant accessory. This mini smoker that comes complete with wood chips can be easily used to add a smokey flavor to sausage, a cheese plate, or a craft cocktail. You can make sure that his smokey creations will be all the rage at his next entertaining event.

Guitar Barbecue Tool Set

  • Rocking Out On The Grill

  • $$$$$
  • Cool, Grilling, Chef

When searching for gifts for men who like to cook, you will stop in your tracks when you see this guitar tool set for BBQ grilling. The stainless steel, two-piece spatula, and tongs set will keep him away from the fire and in charge of the grill. These BBQ tools, rich in personality, are great grilling accessories that will keep any rocker who likes to grill happy all summer long.

Ninja Express Chop

  • Chopping For Everyday

  • $$$$$
  • Gadget, Kitchen, Cooking

Oftentimes, you just have to get the most practical of cooking gifts available to make every cooking process that much easier for the man you know who likes to cook. The Ninja express chop works wonders with all the dicing and chopping needed to create soups, sauces, dressings, and more. Easy to clean, the express chop will be one of those perfect additions to any guy’s kitchen that wins out over the fanciest new tool.

Rachael Ray™ Stacking Salt Box

  • Towers Of Salt

  • $$$$$
  • Cool, Kitchen, Chef

A gift that proves to be a beautiful addition to any chef’s kitchen, these stacked boxes made from acacia wood serve to keep up to three types of salt or seasoning clean and dry in the kitchen. The salt boxes can also be used for herbs and the stack style saves essential space in a kitchen that is likely full of appliances and gadgets. Plus, the stacked wood boxes are just handsome to gaze at!

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  • A Beer For Every Mood

  • $$$$$
  • Gourmet, Cool, Unique

For the man who is a connoisseur of beer, you can always depend on a BeerGram to impress your gourmet, brew-obsessed buddy. This pack of six individually curated craft beers includes ales, IPAs, and even microbrews. This crate of terrific beers will be sure to find ample appreciation, along with the possibility of a shared drink in your near future.

Manual Coffee Grinder

  • Freshly Ground Coffee

  • $$$$$
  • Kitchen, Gadget, Cool

Kitchen accessories and tools are often used to make cooking life easier, but what do you get for the guy who likes to do everything himself? Every coffee lover will appreciate this manual coffee grinder that is still easy to use and boasts 18 grind settings. He can enjoy any coffee while he cooks, including drip, French press, or espresso. Warning: he may stay up all night creating the ultimate five-course meal.

Stuffed Waffle Iron

  • Stuff Every Morning With Yummy

  • $$$$$
  • Kitchen, Gadget, Unique

The mother of all waffle irons shall be the greatest breakfast-making gift for a man who cooks that you can offer. Sweet-toothed chefs everywhere will adore this simple stovetop stuffed waffle maker. After the batter and filling are added, the iron flips over just in time to gently lift a delicious, fat waffle onto the plate. He will leave no room for lunch, but breakfast will be worth it.

Foodie Fight Trivia Game

  • Food And Games

  • $$$$$
  • Chef, Cool, Unique

Chefs like to sit back and relax too after the cooking and baking are finished. Getting the man in your life who calls his kitchen home a fun and invigorating foodie fight trivia game will keep the enjoyment going long after supper is over. The board game tests all manner of culinary knowledge and is ideal for 2-6 players. Food fights that don’t make a mess are still a great time.

Personalized Apron Chef Hat Set

  • Every Chef Has A Name

  • $$$$$
  • Chef, Kitchen, Cool

A great gift for a culinary student or the favorite guy chef in your life, this set includes an apron and chef hat that are both personalized to the chef’s name. The hat will keep his head cool and the apron has dual pockets to hold utensils or knives. He will proudly wear this chef’s ensemble and let everyone around know the name of the man who made the most delicious of meals.

Drumstick Utensil Set

  • Drum Up Delicious

  • $$$$$
  • Cool, Chef, Cooking

Drummers who like to cook need love too. Let them know that you support both of their passions with this awesome drumstick utensil set. The wooden, two-piece spoon and spatula are shaped into drumsticks at one end and kitchen tools on the other. A wonderful housewarming set for a man who likes to cook and drum his days away.

Thor Meat Tenderizer

  • Thor Tenderizes All

  • $$$$$
  • Cool, Kitchen, Unique

The great and mighty Thor possesses the most powerful of hammers. Let your Marvel fan create the most tender of cutlets with this Thor Meat Tenderizer. Other than its obvious inherent power, this Thor hammer is double-sized and constructed with tenderizing most meats, including pork, veal, beef, and chicken. A comfortable handle will ensure effective hammering and the tool itself will ensure a big thank you from your favorite chef.

Mortar and Pestle Set

  • Grind Away To Greatness

  • $$$$$
  • Kitchen, Chef, Cooking

One of the most treasured cooking gifts for men is the mortar and pestle set, which serves to grind everything from dry ingredients, herbs, and spices to making garlic paste and even guacamole. There is nothing as flavorful as hand-ground spices. The chef you cherish will love creating the most amazing flavors by hand with this eye-catching piece that will add to any kitchen.

Hamilton Beach Toaster and Toaster Oven

  • Two Ways To Toast

  • $$$$$
  • Gadget, Kitchen, Baking

While a toaster seems like an ordinary gift for men who like to cook, this Hamilton Beach toaster is any but ordinary. A 2-in-1 toaster and toaster oven, this kitchen accessory will not only provide an all-important perfect shade of toast, but the oven works to warm and bake fries, pizza, and much more. It works fast and accurately. What better help in the kitchen could any chef ask for?

Personalized Cutting Board

  • Cutting Board For A Chef

  • $$$$$
  • Unique, Kitchen, Cool

The ideal gift for a young chef graduating from culinary school or any well-loved man who likes to cook on a special occasion, this personalized cutting board is built like a dream and made only for your favorite chef. The full name and date of his special day will appear every time he decides to chop and slice. With the best craftsmanship, this cutting board is a great kitchen tool and keepsake.

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Mochi Ice Cream Kit

  • For Sweet Times Ahead

  • $$$$$
  • Gourmet, Cool, Unique

Japanese Mochi Ice Cream is a unique treat that doesn’t have to just be enjoyed when eating out. You can teach a dedicated Japanese loving baker to make his very own mochi ice cream at home with this DIY kit. The process can be basic or completed with more detail, depending on the wishes of the chef at hand. Whatever route he decides on, he will enjoy the mochi-making process every step of the way.

Meat Shredder Claws

  • Shred Every Feast

  • $$$$$
  • Cool, Gadget, Grilling

Every grill master loves shredding a hunk of BBQ smoked meat, but shredding meat properly can be tedious and time consuming. You can give the grill man you know these Wolverine-style meat shredder claws. Not only will he look super cool, but he can tear through any meat with precision and quality. He can even take his claws inside and shred squash or salad if he needs to add some greens to his meaty meal.

Mad Men Cookbook

  • Vintage Cool Cooking

  • $$$$$
  • Cool, Cookbook, Kitchen

There is nothing as interesting and mesmerizing as the world of Mad Men. This cookbook is an ode to the vintage NYC styles and culinary delights found in the time of Draper Sterling Cooper Price. More than 70 recipes and accompanying historical facts and illustrations include Sardi’s Steak Tartare and Don Draper’s Old Fashioned cocktail. Any history or TV buff/chef will adore this fun addition to his kitchen cookbook collection.

Pot Minder™

  • No Bubble Trouble

  • $$$$$
  • Gadget, Cooking, Unique

Surprise your chef with a wonderful helper in the kitchen. This pot minder is one of the most useful of these cooking gift ideas for men. Made of ceramic, it simply sits at the bottom of a pot when cooking and begins to rattle when the pot is coming to a boil. This way, any chef can stop what he’s doing and tend to his cooking. No more over-boiling messes for him, thanks to you.

Bacon Typography Art Print

  • Bacon Art Rules

  • $$$$$
  • Cool, Unique, Chef

Some chefs love bacon enough to get it tattooed on their arm. Others like to add it to almost everything they make. You can add a little more bacon into the life of a man who cooks with this bacon art print. Made in a typography style, the print reads “Bacon – The Main Reason You Are Not A Vegetarian.” What else would any bacon-loving chef need for his home?

Beer-Infused BBQ Sauce Set

  • Beer & BBQ Forever

  • $$$$$
  • Grilling, Cooking, Gourmet

BBQ-obsessed guys are easy to buy cooking gifts for. Any Father’s Day turns into a great success with this three-piece BBQ sauce set, all infused with craft beers. Flavors include Sweet & Smokey, Thai Sriracha, and Honey Mustard. All the deliciousness any grill guy needs to spice up his weekend barbecues.

Surf and Turf Gift Set

  • Classic Surf & Turf

  • $$$$$
  • Gourmet, Chef, Cool

Why mess with a classic when it comes to gift baskets? This impressive surf and turf gift set includes two filet mignon steaks and two lobster tails. A lovely gift for a man who likes to cook and whoever is lucky enough to share these special treats with him. He will enjoy a luxurious meal without any extra effort.

Compact Air Fryer

  • Fry The Night Away

  • $$$$$
  • Gadget, Kitchen, Cooking

Air Fryers are all the rage for good reason‒they reduce the fat normally found when frying foods by using air circulation to create still-delicious feasts in a snap. This compact air fryer is no different. Fear not‒you can find this air fryer at home in any chef’s kitchen, no matter how many gadgets are currently taking up his precious counter space. The cute retro design doesn’t hurt either.

Viking Knife

  • For His Knife Collection

  • $$$$$
  • Kitchen, Chef, Cool

Any chef will tell you that his knives are his babies. You can make sure he has the best of the best when it comes to chef’s knives with this Viking-style knife. Attractive in design with a comfortable grip, the knife can cut through any manner of meat, fish, bone, or anything a man who cooks could dream up. He will be thankful for this ultimate weapon in his chef’s arsenal.

Molecular Gastronomy Starter Kit

  • The Ultimate Cooking Experiment

  • $$$$$
  • Cool, Unusual, Gourmet

Molecular gastronomy is the perfect exercise in culinary knowledge for any foodie or chef. Besides that, it’s loads of fun! This starter kit comes with everything needed to create amazing combinations of flavor, texture, and forms, like chocolate gel spaghetti and balsamic vinegar pearls. He will be experimenting in his kitchen lab for hours on end when you bring this kit into his life.

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Microwave Bacon Tray

  • For Chef’s Sense Of Humor

  • $$$$$
  • Kitchen, Cooking, Unique

Any gift for a man who cooks (and loves bacon) has to make a messy situation better without losing flavor. This tray holds slices of bacon lined up in rows in order to cook them in the microwave. The taste of the bacon is great, plus the bacon cooks with far less grease and mess than is leftover in his frying pan. All that will be left is some tasty bacon and no cleanup.

Craft Beer Making Kit

  • Home Brewing At Its Best

  • $$$$$
  • Cool, Unique, Gourmet

Many guy chefs love to enjoy a cold beer after a long day in the kitchen. Show them that you believe not only in their ability to cook but also in their ability to brew delicious beer. This craft beer kit is ideal for beginners who want to learn the beer-making process with the ease of instruction. No additional equipment is needed and they can sip their first homemade brew in 3-4 weeks.

Color-Changing Popcorn Popper

  • Every Flavor Has A Color

  • $$$$$
  • Cool, Gadget, Unique

One of the most fun gifts for men who like to cook, this popcorn maker is also a gift for men who like to kick back and watch movies after the meal has been made. The stovetop popcorn machine changes color from red to yellow as the kernels burst. The mechanical arm keeps the popcorn evenly cooked, and the visuals will keep him entertained before any night in watching a good film.

Grill Master Crate

  • Survival Kit For Grillers

  • $$$$$
  • Grilling, Chef, Gourmet

If a man who grills like his life depended on it was stuck on a desert island, this would be the one gift crate you would have airlifted in. This grill master crate has it all: tenderizer, meat thermometers, smoker box, wood chips, BBQ sauce, and more. He will be able to depend on the contents of the crate for all of his grilling needs at home or on that desert island.

Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven

  • Pizza In The Great Outdoors

  • $$$$$
  • Cooking, Gourmet, Cool

If the chef in your life loves making pizza at home, he will be head over heels when you give him this portable pizza oven. Perfect for outdoor pizza making, this wood-burning oven can reach temperatures of 950 degrees and make a top-notch pizza in 60 seconds. He’ll be cranking them out faster than you can say, “Italian restaurant in my backyard.”

The MeatEater Cookbook

  • Carnivorous Reading

  • $$$$$
  • Cookbook, Chef, Cooking

Not for the meek chef in the kitchen, this cookbook is a meat lover’s guide to cooking wild-caught game of all sorts. With over 100 recipes for the great outdoorsman who also fancies himself a chef, the MeatEater Cookbook will teach and enlighten anyone who chooses to delve into cooking game and fish in new, thoughtful, and exciting ways.

Yes Chef Coffee Mug

  • Drink Up, Chef

  • $$$$$
  • Cool, Chef, Kitchen

For the man who cooks and has everything, you can always tickle his funny bone with this Yes, Chef mug. Often, men who consider themselves chefs really do run their kitchen like a military exercise. Make it easier for him to let everyone around him know who is the boss, i.e., chef.

Soft Pretzel Baking Mix

  • The Best Kind Of Baking

  • $$$$$
  • Gourmet, Baking, Unique

Baking mixes are a dime a dozen, but what a joyous surprise for a man who likes to bake when he receives this soft pretzel baking mix. Easy to make with just a couple of additional ingredients, the mix will bake up into pillowy soft pretzels which he can then dip in an artisanal mustard sauce. A great gift for any chef to relax and enjoy a delicious bake in no time at all.

Bread Proofing Basket Set

  • Artisan Bread For All

  • $$$$$
  • Baking, Gourmet, Kitchen

It is much more common these days to find a man who loves baking bread. This bread basket set is a wonderful way to keep their bread obsession going or assist them in getting into the world of bread baking. The set includes two proofing baskets, along with several bread-making accessories, like a dough whisk and a bread lame with an attachable blade for scoring beautiful designs into homemade bread.

The General's Hot Sauce Set

  • Bombs Away

  • $$$$$
  • Cool, Unique, Cooking

Chefs who love their hot sauce will be amazed when they get this hot sauce set from you as a gift. The bottles alone are shaped like grenades that hold the heat-seeking elixir. The sauces are even more colorful with names like “Dead Red,” “Shock and Awe,” and “Danger Close.” A great time for a chef with a lot of personality who will keep these hot sauce bombs front and center in his kitchen.

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Cooking Gift FAQs

What to Buy the Cook Who Has Everything?

According to Uproxx, some of the most well-known chefs around state that everything from a nice set of cookware and professional-grade cutting boards to high-end grain mills and specialty pans (example: paella) is appreciated. Especially when it’s connected with a style of cooking that the particular chef (or cook) gravitates toward. Also, don’t underestimate the power of a well-made knife or the whimsy of a unique spice set. A particular cookbook or customized journal for recipes can also warm the heart of any man who cooks (1).

What Every Chef Should Have In the Kitchen?

Food & Wine tells us that every chef needs the basics first: a good knife or knife set and a strong, durable cutting board. Certain appliances will always be used, including a stand mixer, a food processor, a Dutch oven, and an immersion blender. Also, some of the most widely used tools come into play, like measuring spoons, a box grater, a cooking thermometer, and good baking sheets. It’s a good start, anyway (2)!

What are the 7 Cooking Materials?

The 7 cooking materials can include a chef’s knife, a paring knife, a cutting board, a stand mixer, a food processor, a hand juicer, a skillet, and a Dutch oven. This way, your favorite chef will be able to prep the ingredients by hand or by machine, create the acidic flavor needed to round out most recipes, cook on the stove or in the oven, and bake his heart off (3).

What is the Most Useful Kitchen Tool?

Bustle states that, above all the gadgets and kitchen toys that chefs love to collect, nothing is as necessary and used as much on a daily basis as a “high-quality kitchen knife.” A knife that is easy to grip, stays ultra-sharp, and is made with all the power and precision needed to slice through meat, vegetables, and more is what you want. Once the chef has that knife in hand, he can begin to make just about anything (4).

What Do You Buy a Culinary Student?

There are so many choices, according to Reluctant Gourmet, to give to a new culinary student upon entering culinary school. Yes, he will need some basic cooking tools to practice at home, like a set of pots and pans, and will certainly need that ever-important set of knives. However, don’t forget the less obvious gift choices, like different cookbooks, a recipe journal notebook for practice, and a set of very comfortable shoes. As he learns his craft, he will thank you for helping prepare him in every possible way (5).

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Maryana Vestic

Maryana Vestic is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and food photographer with a background in entertainment Business Affairs. She studied film at NYU, Irish Theatre Studies at Trinity College Dublin, and has an MFA in Creative Writing Nonfiction from The New School. She loves cooking, baking, hiking, and horror films, as well as running a local baking business in Brooklyn with her boyfriend.