Chef’s Choice: 10 Things a Popular NYC Chef Says a Home Cook Absolutely Needs to Own
Outfitting or revamping your kitchen arsenal can be tough — especially because there are so many different opinions out there on what a home cook actually needs to own. And, while many of us would love to have the space for a massive knife block, three different stand mixers, and a toaster oven
that’s smarter than we are with all the bells and whistles, a lot of us (read: many of The Kitchn staffers) don’t have giant kitchens and endless counter space to work with. That’s why we have to be extra picky about which gadgets and gear we choose to keep in our cabinets. It’s also why we often find ourselves consulting the experts for their takes on which items home cooks should absolutely keep within reach. This week, we spoke to award-winning Chef Shenarri Freeman of Ubuntu LA and Cadence New York about what she likes to have on hand in the kitchen and her recommendations for you, our beloved readers.
Chef Freeman is the driving force behind Cadence, the award-winning vegan Southern soul food restaurant in NYC, and her new concept, Ubuntu, where she cooks vegan West African-inspired cuisine in West Hollywood. With more than a decade of hospitality experience, a degree from the Institute of Culinary Education, a spot on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, and accolades from the New York Times, Esquire, Vogue, and other publications, it’s safe to say you can trust her picks.