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Graduating Chef?

CocoDan Apr 29, 2009 10:19 AM

Any recommendations for a small/inexpensive gift for a recent graduate from chef's school ?

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    Sal Vanilla Apr 29, 2009 10:26 AM

    What is inexpensive?

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    1. re: Sal Vanilla
      CocoDan Apr 29, 2009 10:51 AM

      $25.00-$35.00. Just a token gift w/ a congadulatory card.

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      susan1353 Apr 29, 2009 12:02 PM

      If it's a female chef, there's a lot of affordable jewelry out there: fork and spoon earrings, etc: http://www.purpleumbrella.com/earring...

      Young chefs also tend to/want to travel a lot, so monogrammed luggage tags or something along those lines are nice, too.

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        Sal Vanilla Apr 29, 2009 12:10 PM

        Ya know there is a fine book I think would be ideal: Sauces - Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making by James Peterson. I am not sure it is in print anymore.

        If your chef has not learned the baking side of the house I recommend: http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Ba.... You could buy it used pretty inexpensively. I think I saw 18 bucks.

        On top you could wrap it with good wooden spoons or a silicone coated whisk -LOVE THOSE!

        1. LindaWhit Apr 29, 2009 01:39 PM

          A nice bottle of aged balsamic or a high-end olive oil?

          Or maybe go silly with fun gifts like Whiskie? http://www.famousfoods.com/wheggwh.html Whiskie comes in other fun little gifties: http://www.famousfoods.com/egggadgets...

          1. The Chowhound Team Apr 29, 2009 07:55 PM

            Hi Folks--please keep your suggestions food-focused. Thanks!

            1. CocoDan May 4, 2009 06:19 AM

              Thanks to all. Some good ideas.

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              1. re: CocoDan
                PattiCakes May 4, 2009 08:45 AM

                a good digital meat thermometer.

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                Jack_ May 4, 2009 10:48 AM

                Gift certificate to http://www.kitchenartsandletters.com/

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