To get some inspiration for all of the holiday shopping ahead of us, we asked a few of our favorite Food Network celebrity chefs what they have on their wish lists this year. As you can imagine, these picks run the gamut. Some are fancy, (okay, lots of them are fancy), some are funny, and some are practical! But one thing's for sure — all these gifts have about as much personality as the stars who chose them.
1. Guy Fieri
Says Guy: "The number-one cooking gadget on my wish list would have to be a Camp Chef Pellet Grill. I was just camping and used one — it was totally easy to use, reliable, and we had great results. And this is coming from a guy who hasn't been a pellet grill fan in the past!"
We say: Is anyone all that surprised that master-of-grilled-meats, Guy Fieri, wants a grill? His pick from Camp Chef can run upwards of $780, but if you want to get your hands on a cheaper alternative, try this Traeger Grills Junior Elite Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker for $430.
Says Martha: "I would love to get a white truffle from Urbani so I can make fettuccine with white truffles."
We say: Us too, Martha, us too. But at $120 for a single truffle, we might have to settle for 3.5 ounces of Urbani White Truffle Salt for $35 instead. Truffle fries, here we come! Actually, just kidding, we're putting this white truffle salt on all the things.
3. Andrew Zimmern
Says Andrew: "I'm a big fan of BestMade Co. Their new collaboration pieces with Francis Mallmann are superb examples of great gear that lasts a lifetime if you care for them well. I love the Husdon Bay Axe & Carrier, it's perfect for small campsite chores and does a whale of a job on meat butchery. The Mallmann Leather Trug is one of the best all-purpose tote bags I have ever come across, perfect for weekend shopping or lugging stuff around at the camp or the beach. And for Chanukah, I really would like someone to send me the Mallmann Grill. Whether you're cooking for two or 20, it's an amazing lightweight workhorse for anyone who loves cooking over live fire."
We say: It makes sense that Andrew Zimmern loves the high-quality gear from Best Made Company, designed for adventurers who like to "travel, learn, accomplish things with their own two hands, and have new enriching experiences." If you're looking for an axe that's a little less expensive, try this well-reviewed version on Amazon.
Says Alex: "When in doubt, give any chef you know a gift certificate for a spa treatment. A simple pedicure, a hand massage, a facial. Chefs need all the love and pampering they can get. I also like a gift that gets me out of the house and makes me go somewhere I might not, like tickets to an off-Broadway show or a cool museum exhibition. If all else fails, any Laura Mercier bath products also make me really happy."
We say: We agree with Alex. Is there anything better than the gift of self care? We recommend Spa Finder. Put in any zip code and browse through the numerous facials, pedicures, massages, and wellness retreats to find the right option for whoever is lucky enough to be on the receiving end.
Says Geoffrey: "A new toaster oven ... or anything from Hermés!"
We say: We recently caught up with the most dapper judge on Food Network and found out that he has a thing for Cuisinart products, so something tells us he'd be more than happy to upgrade his toaster oven to this Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven from Williams Sonoma. It has seven functions (air-fry, convection bake, convection broil, bake, broil, warm, and toast) — great for someone who multi-tasks as much as GZ. Most importantly, this toaster oven can heat and reheat foots to an ideal crispiness.
6. Ina Garten
Says Ina: "A bottle of really good Sauternes! That's always my favorite gift, but it's only for special occasions. The best one is Chateau D'Yquem, but I mean, it's incredibly expensive. So if I find a half a bottle somewhere that's not [too bad], I might serve it for an anniversary or birthday or something like that."
We say: If you want to get Ina's favorite wine at a more budget-friendly price (as Chateau D'Yquem can range in price from $250 to $1,000), consider Chateau Coutet Sauternes. These bottles start at a more reasonable $47. Fun fact: The estate where this wine is grown dates back to the 13th century and started producing Sauternes full time in 1643. At one point in its history, the winery was owned by the same family that owned Chateau d'Yquem. Close enough!
7. Scott Conant
Says Scott: "My caviar craving hasn't stopped since I received a catalog from Petrossian. Inside, there is a gift package of caviar, smoked salmon, Blinis, foie gras, and cheese. It is everything: decadent, delicious, luxurious, magical. Caviar is an indulgence I rarely allow myself, but if I received that as a gift, I would definitely savor the moment."
We say: Another pricey pick! Just one tin of caviar (and a mother-of-pearl spoon) will set you back around $140, but did you know you can order caviar on Amazon? This American Hackleback Sturgeon Caviar will only set you back $60 including shipping — and your party guests will be none the wiser.
8. Kelsey Nixon
Says Kelsey: "I've had my eye on this stunning two-piece set of nonstick cookware. Cooking eggs for breakfast will look beautiful sliding out of this skillet! I love the greenish blue color paired with the brushed gold handle. I'm a firm believer that your food should look as good as it tastes — I also think your appliances and tools should look as good as they function. This product fits the bill."
We say: This set is just $99, but if you need something with Prime shipping (because you waited until the last minute!), GreenPan has plenty of nonstick skillets on Amazon. We're partial to this cute light blue set.
Says Michael: "I would love some new golf clubs (and lessons) so that I can finally beat Geoffrey Zakarian!"
We say: We assumed there was some friendly competition between Food Network stars, but we didn't know that extended all the way out onto the golf course! This 18-piece Callaway Strata Ultimate Complete Golf Set is a good place to start, Chef Symon!
10. Molly Yeh
Says Molly: "I would like a new clothes dryer that's not from the '70s."
We say: Food Network's latest star, Molly Yeh of Girl Meets Farm, gives viewers a glimpse into life on her family's sugar beet farm in North Dakota, complete with her signature cheeky and sweet sense of humor. Her wish list pick is just like her: down to earth and as real as it gets. Don't we all covet a washer/dryer that helps accomplish the task of laundry as painlessly as possible? This Kenmore Electric Dryer with "Steam Refresh" wrinkle releasing technology seems like the right gadget to get the job done.