“Good sharp knives. I'm not one of those chefs who cooks with a lot of equipment, but too often I get into my friends kitchens and their knives are blunt. Having good, regularly sharpened knives makes the prep for cooking any dish—meat or veg—so much easier.” —Nornie Bero, owner of Mabu Mabu in Melbourne
We've all been spending a lot more time in the kitchen over the past year and a half – whipping up loaf after loaf of banana bread, trying our hand at viral TikTok recipes and, when all else fails, baking dozens of chocolate chip cookies. Now that you've leveled up your skills, it's time to upgrade your kitchen gear. We pinged some of the world's best chefs to ask about the at-home tools that changed their lives. Their answers provide a checklist of must-have gadgets that range from super simple utensils to bigger investment pieces. Along the way, they share tips on how to get the most out of these tools, so you might even discover something new to try with an appliance you already own. Take a look at the life-changing kitchen gear that chefs swear by – then, upgrade your own arsenal accordingly.
Craving more insider insight from the world's best chefs? You're in the right place. Talk to the Chef! is a new weekly food series that will tap into the minds of culinary leaders around the globe. The conversation changes just as often, and we'll chat with chefs about everything from podcasts and kitchen equipment to travel and trends.