Chef’s Tools

Have you ever felt like a chef when stir frying your lunch? How about when you cut those onions and garlic so fast? At one point in our time, we all try to act or feel like chefs. Who wouldn’t? Feeling like an expert in the kitchen sure boosts our confidence that somehow makes our cooking skills appear better. But did you know that many chefs do not only rely with their skills when they are cooking? To know what these famous chefs rely on, here’s a quick run down.

The name Anthony Bourdain sure rings a bell. Why not? His face is essentially plastered in many of the television shows these days, such as “Parts Unknown.” Before he was seen on TV, Bourdain was a chef in Manhattan. And being one, he relied so much with his knife. In fact, he felt particularly strongly about this. According to him, having one knife is enough when preparing the dishes. In fact, in his bestselling 2000 memoir “Kitchen Confidential,” he wrote:

No con foisted on the general public is so atrocious, so wrongheaded, or so widely believed as the one that tells you you need a full set of specialized cutlery in various sizes. I wish sometimes I could go through the kitchens of amateur cooks everywhere just throwing knives out from their drawers — all those medium-size ‘utility’ knives, those useless serrated things you see advertised on TV, all that hard-to-sharpen stainless steel garbage, those ineptly designed slicers — not one of the damn things could cut a tomato.

Please believe me, here’s all you will ever need in the knife department: ONE good chefs knife, as large as is comfortable for your hand.

Pretty straight forward, right? Makes me think about giving my knife set away. On the other hand, Bourdain says that if you feel that one knife is not enough for your needs, then a small paring knife would be fine. Furthermore, boning and filleting fish or performing butchery might need a special flexible boning knife, so feel free to use another knife for these.

Another known face in the cooking industry is Rachael Ray, which admits loving using an immersion blender. This is a kitchen blade grinder used to blend ingredients or purée food. According to Ray, “Hallelujah for this item, which saves on dishes, my least favorite thing about cooking. It also saves on extra steps as rather than pouring the hot soup into a blender (and the top inevitable flying off) to puree, you stick the immersion blender right into the pot of soup and voila!” Just by imagining her saying these about the immersion blender makes me not wonder why she loves using this appliance!

Jamie Oliver not only endorses kitchen appliance, he uses them, too! As such is the Philips Homecooker.

As an advocate of healthy eating and cooking your food, it makes perfect sense why Oliver prefers the Philips Homecooker. This appliance is perfect for a wide array of dishes from breakfast to dinner because this can melt, simmer, boil, steam and fry. Not only that, you can prepare your mean from scratch using this even in your busiest days!

First, it has a cutting tower that lets you cut and slice directly in the pan. It comes with 5 different cutting blades that enable 2 sizes of slicing (thick and thin), 2 sizes of shredding (medium and coarse) and cutting julienne. Once done with the cutting, place the prepared ingredients inside the Philips Homecooker, and turn the setting, which includes the timer on the control panel and exact temperature thanks to the Perfect Temp technology. Above all, it has stirring attachment, so you need not to do anything! When the cooking time is done, the Homecooker will beep several times to signal before it automatically shuts down. At this point, the temperature will go down, and this helps prevent your food from burning and overcooking.

The way he curses when talking about food puts the “sin” in “cuisine,” but who are we to comment on this especially when he cooks exceptionally? Last in the list is Gordon Ramsay who loves using air fyer.

An air fryer is a kitchen appliance that cooks food through circulating hot air around the food. This uses a mechanical fan circulating the hot air around the food at high speed, cooking the food, and producing a crispy layer. Undoubtedly, this appliance has taken over all the fast food cooking appliances, which includes the deep fryers. Unlike the deep fryers, using the air fyer uses little to no oil, which makes the foods healthier. While taste might be a bit different, the health benefits greatly compensate. In one dialog, Ramsay said, “Look – nothing is going to replace that deep-fried taste, so no, they don’t.” He then added, “But, the Airfryer uses a tablespoon of oil and the chips come out crisp on the outside and tender on the inside – they’re a healthier version, and they taste great.” And to make the use of air fryer even more convincing, he also said that when using the air fyer, “Air is the new oil!”

So the next time you cook, make sure to grab your most comfortable knife. You might also want to consider using an immersion blender, and if pureeing is not enough, get a Philips Homecooker! Finally, if you think health is your wealth, follow Gordon and use an air fryer. If the four chefs rely on these, then it is best to say that we could rely on these, too, since they have been tried and tested by the experts.


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