What are Chef Anne Burrell's kitchen essentials? The eccentric chef shares with us the kitchen items that she can't live without.
1. Cuisinart Food Processor
Anne calls the Cuisinart food processor "the one mechanical device in the kitchen that I think most cooks can't live without." "There are a million things you can use it for. You can use it to chop stuff for sofrito for the base of a bolognese. You can make aioli in it. There are so many things you can do. It is amazing how often you chop nuts in it for pastries or salad dressings." For professional results in the home kitchen, this versatile Elite Collection 12-Cup Food Processor can handle almost any job.
"I need to have a good thick, heavy cutting board," shares Anne. "It's just nice, and it looks nice and it feels good." This handsome cutting board is made from organically grown teak and boasts easy hand grips and beautiful end grain construction for a durable cutting surface (that'll keep knives staying sharp).
"I need to have great knives, [and] usually I use Wüsthof knives because they are heavy," explains Anne. Described as "durable" and able to "keep an edge really well," Anne admits that they are a bit of an investment. "If you buy a set of them for the home cook, it's a one-and-done thing." For a great value, the Gourmet 12-piece block set contains essentials, like the chef's knife, utility knife and two paring knives and a handsome wood knife block.
Anne listed colorful bowls as one of her essential kitchen items, and these cheerful ceramic mixing bowls are a great match for her exuberant personality and love for color. The set of five bowls nest for easy storage and are microwave- and dishwasher-safe.
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From her signature golden tresses down to her mis-matched socks, chef Anne Burrell's personal style is confident and comfortable. Anne shares this philosophy in the kitchen workspace as well; her work hosting television shows like Worst Cooks in America and Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and her newest cookbook Own Your Kitchen share a common philosophy of empowering home cooks to become masters of their own kitchen.
To find out what every home chef-in-training needs to start their journey to owning their own kitchens, we asked Chef Anne Burrell for her kitchen essentials. This week, she takes over KD Finds to share five things in the kitchen that she finds irreplaceable. Discover one mechanical kitchen device that she says "most cooks can't live without," and what knife brand she trusts to stay sharp in the kitchen.
Check out the slideshow above to discover the five best bets in the kitchen according to Chef Anne Burrell.