17 Chef Approved Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Food & Drink

Father’s Day is coming up, and if you’re looking for the perfect gift for a cook, we’ve got you covered. While these are foodie-friendly finds, these gifts are for folks in the kitchen who are passionate about what they do—anyone who works long hours with simple tools in restaurant kitchens. Here are some gifts that any chef would love:

For the Fashion Foodie Chef

Bolognese Corduroy Hat – Mister Parmesan

This hat is perfect for lovers of Sunday sauce and slow cooking. The team at Mister Parmesan collaborated with the West Village modern Italian spot Don Angie for this one-of-a-kind hat that will turn heads at any dinner party. Made from 100% corduroy, it’s soft enough to wear every day and sturdy enough to withstand the kitchen’s heat, so your chef can remain comfortable while still looking their best.

Ain’t No Bad Joke Like A Dad Joke Socks from Blue Q

Chefs have days off, right….? Ain’t no bad joke like the corny, yet endearing dad joke, and these socks are guaranteed to have you cracking up while working in the kitchen. The long-lasting & comfortable socks are perfect for wearing during the workday or at home.

When compression socks are a bit too much for a day off the line, these fun and comfortable socks that will make any chef smile. The socks are cotton/polyester and fit men’s shoe sizes Z-12.

For the Chef Needing Good Basics

Preservation 5 Pocket Knife Bag from Messermeister

Preserving the longevity of a cook’s knives is important. Messermeister makes a stylish knife bag that keeps your knives safe and organized. This 5 pocket bag is constructed with fabric made from recycled water bottles. The bag has padded sides and a soft interior lining to protect your blades from scratches.

Compression Bracing Socks from OS1st

So keep it together with OS1st’s stylish compression socks. These socks are designed to compress and support your foot to help prevent injuries, pains, and swelling. They provide comfort and support around the clock with an easy-to-use design that keeps the sock in place even with sweaty feet or apron ties.

Curad Performance Series Ironman Antibacterial Bandages

Accidents happen and are some of the toughest on the market. If you’ve got a chef prone to burns, tears, and cuts in the kitchen, these bandages from Curad would also be a great gift idea. The extended length will help keep them from falling off, and they contain antiseptic that helps fight infections so your chef can return to making delicious food as soon as possible.

Green Checked Side Towel from The Culinary Institute of America

Durable side towels that pick up, protect and insulate yet will clean up a plate ready for sushi or sauce are central to a chef or line cook’s daily carry, and they need to perform when service picks up. These waffle-checkered hand towels are the same that students at the Culinary Institute of America get as part of their uniform. Standard issue doesn’t meant standard quality! Coming in a set of 5, each with a strong colorfast dye and machine washable.

Organic Sore Joint Rub – Sore & Achy Joint Relief by Badger Balm

Sometimes you need extra support after a few tough days at the stove. Badger Balm’s Sore Joint Rub relieves aching joints while providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tremor, and analgesic benefits.

For Chefs Who Want to Prepare for Anything

SHARPIE Industrial Permanent Markers

The unsung hero of a restaurant kitchen is the unassuming permanent marker and perhaps its constant sidekick—a roll of blue painter’s tape. Sharpie’s industrial line of permanent markers won’t bleed through wrapping on meat and other foods when used as labels for storage like a traditional office marker would, which means your chef will have one less thing to worry about as they continue cooking up a storm.

Moleskin Pocket Notebook

This classic notebook is the perfect gift for any chef who loves to write down recipes or jot down ideas for future meals. The hard cover and elastic band make it durable enough to withstand the rigors of kitchen life. The back cover pocket is great for storing recipes or notes.

Knife Flight Mail Order Knife Sharpening Service

Knife Flight is a unique service that provides chefs with professional knife sharpening option ($57) without having to go without knives for service. This prepaid mail-order offering is great because it provides a loaner set while you wait for your knives to be sharpened.

For The Off Duty Chef

Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants by Sam Thayer

If the chef in your life is interested in wild edibles, this book is for them. Author Sam Thayer offers the ultimate guide to foraging with this field guide. Learn about almost 700 edible species, how to identify them, what parts you can eat, and what plants to avoid.

No.08 Carbon Steel Folding Knife with Sheath from Opinel

A high-quality pocket knife perfect great for a chefs daily carry, from iconic knife makers Opinel. This folding knife features a lightweight handle that is comfortable to hold, easy to clean, and has a locking blade that keeps it secure when not used. It’s a great gift for any chef who loves cooking or baking.

The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg

The Flavor Bible is a comprehensive guide to flavor pairings, offering hundreds of combinations and explaining how they work together. Part dictionary, part encyclopedia, it’s a reliable source for professional chefs and home cooks alike, explaining what different ingredients go best with which other ingredients. It’s also a good read for anyone interested in cooking or food science.

For The Home Body Chef

Carnivore Club

Carnivore Club is a monthly subscription service for meat lovers ($40). Each month, subscribers receive six cured meats from small family farms across the United States. The subscription costs $40 per month, which includes shipping.

Croissant Lamp

The perfect gift for any croissant lover! This lampshade is made from real homemade bread, and it even has a little button you can press to make the light turn on and off. It’s a great reminder of one of our favorite pastries and a great gift for someone who enjoys food and design. Plus, it looks pretty cool on your nightstand.

Egg Bath Mat

This egg-shaped bath mat ($23) is the perfect gift for the chef in your life. It’s made from 100% cotton canvas so it can be machine washed and dried easily. The rubber backing helps keep it from slipping on your tile floor and can even hang up to dry.

Pour Over System by BruMate

This all-in-one pour-over coffee system from BruMate is a great way to start a long day in the kitchen without waiting for the pot to brew. It brews up a cup of joe quickly and easily without fuss. Not your generic travel mug, it features a nesting cup that fits snuggly inside the tumbler for making a pour-over for quick cleanup.

BlenderCap™ by Cruz

If a daily smoothie is your chef’s mission, this compact, high-powered portable blender called the “Tesla
for smoothies” could be a gift to give and get. Designed by two Ex-Apple leads, this tiny blender runs for one week on a charge, and its USB port allows it to charge anywhere. It’s also the world’s smallest personal blender and fits into any travel bag or backpack.

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