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Ideas for appreciation gifts for chefs


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#1 JeanneCake

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 05:41 PM

I need ideas for corporate gifts this year; last year I gave the chef at each of my biggest accounts an engraved Kunz sauce spoon, which was very much appreciated.  This year, I want to do something similar but I don't know how to top last year's gift.  With the possible exception of the perforated Kunz spoon, but honestly, how often are you using a perforated spoon?

 

So...Any ideas? 

What kind of thing would you want to have in your bag of tricks at work?



#2 Lisa Shock

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 10:46 PM

I have, on occasion, longed for a tastevin. That might be too unrelated for you, though. I also use my refractometer quite a bit, but, I mostly do pastry type things. If they do modernist dishes, they might like a pocket jeweler's scale fo weighing out tiny amounts of ingredients.



#3 David Hensley

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 11:19 PM

Is there a price point involved? I can think of many things I'd love to have, but price is always an issue....


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#4 JeanneCake

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 02:52 AM

I know what you mean about price; the spoons were great because it wasn't "too much" (they were $10 each) but enough so that they would not have bought it for themselves.  So while I can't afford to spend $50 each on something (i again need about a dozen), a list would be a very good thing :)  The tastevin would be good for the venue director since she mostly deals with the wine inventory but I don't have a lot of interaction with her; and they don't do any modernist dishes :(



#5 janeer

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 06:40 PM

Would have said a Thermopen but that is getting up there. Everyone might have them, but if not a microplane suits every cook, from garde manger to pastry. A beak parer is a handy extra to have, as is a little circular wire egg whisk, two of my fave items for all kinds of tasks. Metal chopsticks, which might be engraved. Etc

#6 azmilsyahmi

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 07:21 PM

I agrree with Janeer a thermopen is a great gift for chefs. Its very usefull to most chefs. They can put in the pocket so you have ensure your website address is visible. Apart for them a small set of knifes with your company logo engraved is also a great gift



#7 hongda

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 08:19 AM

Wood paddles?

http://shop.ruhlman....ia-wood-paddles

#8 rotuts

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 10:31 AM

if they dont already have this book:

 

http://www.amazon.co...e de la cuisine

 

i love it.  sort of a BusMan's Holiday !



#9 JeanneCake

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 04:53 PM

I like all of these suggestions!  I wish the thermapen was cheaper, maybe I just buy for the execs and do something else for the chef de cuisines.  The book looks *really* cool, the same for the paddles (the spoons I mentioned for last year's gift had the chef's name engraved on them so they couldn't get "lost" ;) and the paddles would have space on the handles for their names......



#10 JeanneCake

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 06:25 PM

so any ideas on (genuine) thermapens at the best price? So far all I've found is $96 on the thermoworks site, if you buy 5, it's $85/each.



#11 janeer

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 08:51 PM

Watch for a Thermopen open box sale, when prices drop below $70. They could have one before Xmas
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#12 ermintrude

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 06:41 AM

A good pepermill could be an option such as http://www.unicornmills.com/ the mini mill around $20


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#13 janeer

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 08:11 AM

not the open box sale I mentioned, but this sale email arrived today. Still high for Thermopens, but I used to have a timer like their new timestick and loved it, so that's a nice possibility. Could still be a further sale before Xmas.



#14 JeanneCake

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 05:20 PM

Hmmm... I might have to include myself in this gift list ;)  One of the intended recipients says he's not a gadget chef and likes home made things, but since I'm a pastry chef, that's like bringing coals to Newcastle....  thank you for posting this, much appreciated!



#15 janeer

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 07:11 AM

Thermoworks has just announced an open box sale for their Thermopen



#16 janeer

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 07:20 AM

3-day private sale: $85 for red Thermopen http://thermoworks.c...ed-Thermapen-cs



#17 paulraphael

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 08:59 PM

What about something consumeable? People are picky about their tools, and you never know if they already have the thing you're picking out.

 

Who wouldn't like a nice bottle of wine or scotch or something?

 

I wanted to get a thank-you present for a pastry chef, and thought maybe wine, but I knew he worked at a place with one of the best wine cellars in the whole country. So I got him a bottle of Belgian Lambick. They go with desserts, and I knew there was nothing like it on the restaurant menu. It wasn't hard to find advice on a great one in my price range.