We’re all cooking more than ever, so it goes without saying that you should make the process as painless as possible. There’s no room for blunt knives and gimmicky gadgets in your new morning, lunch and dinner routine – you just need fuss-free, affordable kitchen tools that get the job done.
That’s why we asked some of the top chefs in the country to recommend their cooking essentials, from all-in-one mega mixers to humble staples. Take a look below, and check out our top chef’s knives here.
Tom Booton, head chef – The Grill at The Dorchester
"For me, it has to be a Le Creuset pot. It's great for slow cooking, roasting and even better for all the new budding sourdough bakers out there. It’s multipurpose and stylish too."
Alex Claridge, chef owner of The Wilderness, Birmingham
"Don’t be fooled into gadgets. Good cookery needs very little in terms of equipment; when I first started I had a few hobs and my knives. Invest in a great stick blender (Bamix is my choice), and if you’re a baking enthusiast a KitchenAid – which if you look after it will look after you for years to come. Most importantly though, make sure you have great chef's knives – they are more important than any dehydrator, bread machine or waffle maker."
£199, John Lewis
Tom Brown, chef owner of Cornerstone, Hackney
"A good gadget to have in the kitchen which instantly upgrades dishes is a microplane. It’s perfect for finely zesting citrus for baking and dressings, mincing garlic ,so you don’t have great big chunks, and a cheffy dusting of parmesan or truffle on whatever you can get away with topping it with."
£23.95, John Lewis
Sabrina Ghayour, chef and cookery writer
"I can’t live without my Cuisinart food processor. It makes chopping and mixing a doddle in the kitchen – I can live without everything else! This small one is perfect for more snug kitchens too."
Hus Verdat, head chef at Barboun Shoreditch
"im电竞官网-Well, aside from your tongue – the most important tool in the kitchen – I would say my speed peeler is essential. It makes peeling carrots and potatoes take two minutes without accidentally removing too much, and it's a non-expensive gadget to help improve every kitchen. I would recommend buying quite a number though – I always end up throwing mine away with the peelings or losing them. I also love my falafel scoop. Essential for me, though I imagine not for everyone"
James Cochran, chef owner at 12:51 and Around the Cluck Delivery Service
"My favourite tool or piece of equipment would have to be the Thermomix. It’s an integral piece of machinery which can do so many things from making soups, to sauces, purées, ice cream bases but then can be used a water bath and steamer too. It’s like your own personal sous chef!"
Tom Aikens, head chef at Muse Mayfair
"I think, given so many of us - myself included - have been baking like crazy at the moment, it'll have to be my KitchenAid. I've got a few, but my go-to is the KitchenAid 9 speed hand mixer. The higher speeds mix heavy doughs and thick batters, and it also whips the perfect still egg whites too.
im电竞官网-"If you fancy making a bit of an investment though, I would recommend the stand mixer. This machine can handle anything! Can be used for baking, breads, meringues, also has an attachment for a juice extractor, vegetable sheet peeler and more. It's so useful and multipurpose!"
Hand mixer £109, stand mixer £749, KitchenAid
Jason Atherton, chef owner of The Social Company
im电竞官网-"A good knife is your best friend in the kitchen – I prefer my Florentine’s cook knife. But for extra thin slicing, you need a Japanese mandolin. Get wafer thin potatoes for dauphinoise of boulangere, great for salads. It’s a great tool."