Help me give a good gift to a budding sous-chef!
April 14, 2014 1:50 PM Subscribe
Calling all professional cooks -- My brother has found himself transitioning from the wait staff to the kitchen and is hoping to make his way to the sous-chef position. He's very enthusiastic about this and I'd like to give him a gift for his birthday to support this new endeavor.
posted by amanda to Food & Drink (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The place where he's currently working is a high-end seafood restaurant in a small town. I've eaten there. It's pretty good. This is a late in life transition for him and I've not seen him this enthusiastic about something in awhile. That said, he does not have any kind of formal culinary background though he has worked in the restaurant industry (primarily front of house) for his entire professional life, in a variety of establishments. He knows his way around a restaurant, for sure. But, what can I get him that would be helpful?
Was thinking of a book, but I don't want him to show up with a bunch of "book learning" techniques which would appear amateur to a high-end chef. A couple I was considering: The Professional Chef
, Knife Skills Illustrated
. He just purchased his own fancy fish knife, so apparently it's not outside the bounds to bring your own tools.
Any ideas for special tools that might be nice to have?