Jacques Torres, What's On Your Cooking Wish List?

Holiday Gift Ideas From Chefs

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The holidays are here, which means the stores are flooded with a dizzying array of cooking tools, cookbooks and fancy ingredients meant to tempt home cooks. What's the discerning shopper to do? We decided to talk to some of our favorite professional chefs — the people who spend serious time in their kitchens — to find out what can't-live-without-it cooking tools and appliances are on their holiday wish lists this year.

Today pastry chef and renowned chocolatier Jacques Torres shares the cooking gadgets he is asking for this year, as well his very smart suggestion for the gift every cook will appreciate.

What are a few of the cooking-relating items on your holiday wish list this year?

A vacuum sealer and circulator for slow cooking at just the right temperature. Very important.

A brand new stove!

What is a no-fail gift that every cook would appreciate receiving?

A gift card from a reputable kitchen equipment company. The kitchen is a very personal space and each one is different. You never know what your chef friend might need!

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More from Jacques Torres:

Read his books: Jacques Torres' Year in Chocolate and Dessert Circus
→ Try his chocolate: Jacques Torres Chocolate
→ Follow him on Twitter and Facebook

(Image credits: Barry Johnson; Stewart, Tabori and Chang)