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Apple iPad

Kitchens are going digital, there's no doubt about it. Treat your expert chef to an Apple iPad this holiday season. They'll have fingertip access to YouTube, and some of the best applications and recipe sites to date.

From $399 at Apple

The Best Spices

Chefs love to have lots of fresh herbs and spices at their fingertips while cooking. Picking out spices from a plethora of options is like being a child on Christmas morning.

Try a gift card to: The Spice House or The Savory Spice Shop.

Magazine Subscriptions

Every chef needs some inspiration and a solid read. Try a subscription to Gastronomica.

$50 at Gastronomica

Creme Brulee Torch

Every professional should own one. How better to impress the guests than blazing the top of a deliciously prepared creme brulee? Try this Paderno World Cuisine Micro-Torch!

$109 at Amazon

Olive Oil

If there is one thing chefs love, its a fine olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Whether dressing a salad, drizzling over a soup or adding decor to the plate for a finished product, try Williams-Sonoma House Olive Oil for an instant homerun.

$74.95 at Williams-Sonoma

Wine Opener

Every chef loves to pair a fine wine with each meal served. Part of serving wine is the opening of the bottle, a traditional and eloquent process. Go the traditional route with this antique chrome finished Le Creuset Traditional Corkscrew Wine Opener.

$45 at Williams-Sonoma

SmartShopper Grocery List Organizer

Create the ultimate and organized grocery list with the SmartShopper tool. Simply say the name of the item you wish to add to your list, compile and hit "print." Voila.

$149.95 AT

Whiskey Stones

Know a chef who is also a whiskey aficionado? This set of nine whiskey stones, made from soapstone, are the perfect way to chill your whiskey (without the watered-down-effect). Non-porous, they will not flavor your drink, and can be easily washed and stored back in the freezer.

$19.95 at Sur la table


This is not your traditional kitchen scale. Completely digital, it offers a dock station for your iPod or iPhone so you can jam to your favorite tunes while preparing delicious meals in the kitchen.

$99 at Brookstone

Culinary Encyclopedia

What better way to your get creativity flowing than by glancing through a professional cookbook full of everything from basic to advanced techniques? La Gastronomique is the ultimate professional chef manual.

$230 at Barnes and Noble


Do you know someone who loves to cook and just so happens to be fabulous at it? Maybe they're a personal chef, work at a restaurant, the ultimate hostess with the mostess, or they are one of those people that ace every dish in the kitchen. No matter the circumstance, selecting the ideal kitchen gift can be slightly intimidating. However, we have a few tricks up our sleeve to pleasantly surprise your kitchen connoisseur.

Check out our slideshow above to see the ultimate expert chef gift guide!

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