Note: the hubby and I were invited guests at The Coastal Cupboard in January, but we were not provided with any of the products above or otherwise compensated for this post. Thanks to our friends at The Coastal Cupboard for always making us feel welcome!
While in Charleston back in January, the hubby and I stopped by The Coastal Cupboard, our favorite kitchen store. We’re huge fans of the in-store kitchen, which hosts a variety of cooking classes with their resident chef, Bryan Breland. Chef Breland is an affable, knowledgeable chef who has great tips for cooks at all levels. I’ve incorporated his recipes and techniques into my everyday meal preparation, and trust me, we’ve all benefited from it.
During my visit, I asked Chef Breland to recommend five essential chef’s tools that any at-home chef should have. Listed above are his five top picks, and for the last two months I’ve been testing and re-testing his recommendations here at home to give you my verdict. Actually, I’ve tested all but the Vitamix (because at nearly $700 — yikes. That’s a lot of clams to shell out for a blog post. I purchased the Ninja instead, which I’ll explain later). Click through to see why these five are essential chef’s tools, along with my verdict from the home cook’s perspective.