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What's a good gift for an aspiring chef?

Asked by GD_Kimble (2277points) May 21st, 2008

My ex-girlfriend is starting culinary school soon. We broke up about 3 years ago, and haven’t been part of each other’s lives since, beside a warm x-mas card or letter every blue moon.
After a long period of personal struggle, she’s following her dreams and becoming a chef, and I couldn’t be more thrilled for her, so I wanted to get her a little gift to represent my good wishes.
I was wondering what would make a good/appropriate gift, given that we’re not really part of each other’s lives anymore.

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PupnTaco's avatar

What’s your budget?

GD_Kimble's avatar

modest. let’s say $50

occ's avatar

A gift certificate to Sur La Table – an amazing kitchen supply store.

PupnTaco's avatar

I think a gift card from Williams-Sonoma or Sur la Table would be nice. If that’s too impersonal, maybe a decent Henckels knife?

p.s. Jinx.

marinelife's avatar

There are some really cool chef gifts at Kyle Design that are right in your price range and work for the occasion, such as nifty business card holders (perfect for her new gig) with a chef’s toque or knife, fork & spoon on it.

marinelife's avatar

@kevbo No hostility here, right? Of course, it would help with on-the-job-stress.

DeezerQueue's avatar

A knife sharpener of some kind. It’s indispensable.

DeezerQueue's avatar

Or a witty, personalized apron, I think transfers can be done on nearly anything inexpensively.

Adina1968's avatar

How about a gift certificate to Williams Sonoma?

breedmitch's avatar

If you’re going the gift certificate route, all the New York chefs shop at JB Prince.

Sloane2024's avatar

definitely a gift certificate to william sonoma.

elchoopanebre's avatar

@Kevbo

I second this suggestion.

BirdlegLeft's avatar

You could find a pretty decent bottle of wine for fifty bucks. I know there is also some “bible-like” cookbooks too. You know the kind that explain the difference between chop, dice and mince. Or a decent wine reference book.

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