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Hello, I'm looking for a gift for a friend of mine who is a chef. Please offer suggestions.
 
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Do you have any good crops of perennial vegetables you can share?  I know my chef cousin was very excited when he found out I was growing ramps.
 
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This is a beautiful pie pan:

https://permies.com/t/87067/kitchen/Pie-Pan-Ayers-Pottery


Here is a thread with more suggestions:

https://permies.com/t/86383/kitchen/Tools-Kitchen-life-lot-easier


The Permaculture Kitchen by Carl Legge

https://www.permies.com/t/39872/Permaculture-Kitchen-Carl-Legge
 
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A gift for a chef is one of the most difficult things to give.  Chefs have a bunch of their favorite tools in the kitchen. 

I would get someone a microplane zester.  These are a great tool, and are useful in so many recipes. 

If you want to step up to a more expensive gift, get them an "Instant Pot" pressure cooker.  I absolutely love mine.

Another gift suggestion would be, this amazing book on this french chef that is revolutionizing sauce creation https://www.amazon.com/Sauces-r%C3%A9flexions-cuisinier-Collection-Cuisine-ebook/dp/B00WB118X4%C2%A0/?tag=pfa12-20
 
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I'm stumped. Mainly cause i asked myself if it was a plumber, would i give them a flaring tool, or a multimeter to an electrician....

A gift card or dinner at a fine restaurant,  a book authored by the chef that most inspired him/her. Don't discount something unrelated to employment though.

I always think that you can gauge you friends by gift giving. The really good friends you already know what they want/like/need. As you fragment out further to just friends, it becomes more unclear.

 
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A chef friend of mine came to visit a couple of weeks ago from Ireland.

We got him in the workshop and let him loose on the woodworking tools making a wooden spatula.



Then we decided it was time to investigate how to prepare and cook nopales.







Then we had a wonderful meal that he'd been truly involved in making at a level he'd not experienced before.



Sometimes the best gifts are experiences that are linked to someone's interests but not in the way they are used to, expanding them beyond their usual ways of operating. 
 
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Perhaps stainless steel measuring cups or spoons? I tend to alway either (A) Lose mine, or (B) need more than I have so I can measure out different ingredients.

My mom got me a set of these wonderful measuring spoons: Cuisipro Stainless Steel Measuring Spoon Set. I LOVE how well they fit into a spice container, and they sit level on the counter, so you can measure everything out a head of time (like I was taught to do in Home Ec, but rarely actually do...). They also come in "odd sizes." My mom got me these ones, too, and they are wonderful! Cuisipro Stainless Steel Measuring Spoon Set, Odd Sizes



Another nice gift might be manual grinders. I wish I had more! These are great not just for salts (and you could totally get them different types of salts to go in them, such as Himalayan Pink Salt, Hawaiin Black Salt, Sea Salts from various different regions and even seasoned salts. Salt Works has a lot of different types of salts and they ship. They have wholesale prices that are fantastic. If you were wanting to buy pounds of salt to get ready for the apocalypse or to do lots of pickling, their price is fantastic. Salt doesn't go bad, so you could buy pounds of it at a deep discount and use it for years. We love their Himalayan Pink salt, and my mother has the Hawaian black salt which is delightful, too. Their Pure Ocean sea salt I believe has the best value of all their sea salts.)

Aside from salts, grinders are also good for whole spices like coriander and different types of peppercorns and even fennel pods.

We have one like this one here and I love the ergonomics of the cranking ones, rather than the ones you have to twist.



The ratcheting type like this one are also really nice and ergonomic (we were given some as gifts and they are great for salts. My husband kept breaking them when using pepper in them), but I wish that they weren't plastic.



Like measuring spoons and cups, I don't think anyone can every have enough grinders! Some grinders are really beautiful, too. My mother found a marvelous hand crank grinder at a thrift store--it's the best grinder we have, and they usually retail for almost $100. It's worth checking thriftstore for affordable finds--just test them first to make sure they work!
 
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A gift certificate to a fancy restaurant or maybe a kitchen tool that he/she doesn't have yet.
 
We should throw him a surprise party. It will cheer him up. We can use this tiny ad:
Permaculture Playing Cards by Paul Wheaton and Alexander Ojeda
https://permies.com/wiki/57503/Permaculture-Playing-Cards-Paul-Wheaton
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