Five Chef Recommendations for a Gourmet Kitchen

November 1, 2018

The holiday season is fast approaching and that means plenty of baking and classic turkey dinners. To help you spruce up your kitchen, we asked five chefs for their top recommendation when outfitting a gourmet setup.
Follow this advice and your Thanksgiving feast will go off without a hitch!

Upgrade to Quality Small Appliances

No gourmet kitchen is complete without a top-of-the-line food processor and stand mixer. For the former, look into the Breville Sous Chef Pro line and for the latter, the Italian brand Smeg.

Bonus: The next time you’re in the market for a new blender, check out the Vitamix Professional 750. A high-end blender makes a world of difference.

2 Must-Have Knives: Chef & Paring

Never purchase the most important knives in your kitchen sight unseen. Being comfortable with your chef and paring knives is tantamount to meal prep skill and efficiency. Visit an upscale kitchen supplier such as Williams Sonoma and handle knives in person before making a final selection.

Pro Tip: A sharp knife is a safe knife. Invest in a luxury knife sharpener for top performance.

When the Pressure’s On

If you haven’t already jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon, now’s the time! A pressure cooker is an incredible luxury to own when the clock’s ticking and you’re running out of time. Imagine preparing wild rice in 20 minutes instead of an hour.

Get a Microplane into Your Drawer

Originally designed for woodwork, this simple hand-held tool works wonders when you need finely grated ingredients. Enjoy fresh Parmesan off a microplane and you’ll wish you’d heard of this gadget years ago.

Take Flavors to the Next Level

A spice grinder is a simple way to add robust flavors to every dish you serve. Even dried spices will taste much fresher when ground immediately before cooking.

Think about how well freshly ground pepper goes on crisp green salad. Why not utilize this same science for every spice in the rack?

Quality Time with Loved Ones

Gathering with family to give thanks for a life well lived is a time-honored American tradition. From all of us at Taylor Morrison, we with you the happiest of holidays as you get together for Thanksgiving.