If the chefs in your kitchen are anything like those in our households, it’s probably safe to say that the kitchen is their domain, and they relish wielding their command over it. Some of them welcome assistance. Other shoo anyone who dares to interfere with their work. However, any form of meal preparation can have its stressful moments, no matter how experienced the cook—from forgetting a key ingredient to setting off the smoke detector. Set your chef up for success with a well-stocked arsenal for all their culinary activities. From premium oils to gourmet spice blends and handmade knives to the editor’s latest cookbook, these foodie-approved essentials from the Local Palate Marketplace will dazzle the chef this holiday.
These Gifts are *Chef's Kiss*
Essential Spice Premium White Truffle Oil
Give this to the chef who loves a challenging recipe and has strong opinions about the best oil to use when sautéing. Drizzle this decadent oil over salads, soups, and pastas for an umami-packed finish.
Holy Smoke Smoked Olive Oil
The chef who never has enough olive oils will love this earthy, smoky evo made in Charleston. The oil gets cold-smoked with hickory that marries well with roasted meats. However, the bold chef will love it as dip for crusty bread.
Spiceology Holiday Rub Essential
Behind every great meal is an ample spice cabinet. Giving someone cinnamon or paprika alone can feel a little plain jane, but carefully curated blends feel much more . . . well, spicy. This set features seasonally inspired rubs and blends that add flavor to your kitchen activities, from cookie baking and mulled wine and roasted meats.
A cutting-edge chef’s knife stands out as a thoughtful gift that that’s both attractive and highly practical. Middleton Made Knives make meal prep a breeze, and the AEB-L stainless steel blade provides clean and trim slices during meat carving.
Southern foodies know that a bushel of oysters holds a keystone role in all winter festivities. A three-month subscription to oyster shipments results in stylish, unfussy entertaining all season long. Selected each month by expert Rifko Meier, each subscription is customized to give recipients a taste of the oysters nearest their region.
Find inspiration for way to use all those oysters (and other seafood) with this recently released cookbook, co-authored by the Local Palate editor-in-chief, Erin Byers Murray. It shares the stories and recipes from a beloved neighborhood oyster bar, Row 34. In addition to recipes, it includes handy how-to’s, such as savvy for buying seafood to smoking fish, that chefs will love.