The Perfect Gifts for the Chef in Your Life

12 Days of Tech-Mas

 If you’re looking for something special for your favorite chef or even just favorite food enthusiast, look no further. We’ve round up the top three cooking tech picks to gift the culinary lovers in your life.


Ninja 4-in-1 Cooking System


While the Ninja 4-in-1 Cooking System may look like a crock pot, don’t be fooled. This little cooking gadget is so much more. Sure, it can serve as your designated slow cooker, but it can also roast, bake, sear, steam, and saute— you can use it as an oven, stovetop, steamer, and slow cooker. It’s perfect for making easy and tasty one-pot meals, which is a huge bonus if your favorite chef lives in a small apartment or leads a crazy busy life. With this all-in-one appliance, there’s little prep or clean-up required. It’s really affordable, too, at only $149.99 on Amazon.


Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker


Sous Vide is an innovative method of cooking. You place a sealed plastic bag in hot water and it cooks its contents to perfection, without losing any moisture. Ideally, you want to vacuum seal your food in a plastic pouch, but a basic ziploc bag can work in a pinch. The Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker is really easy to use. You simply attach the Precision Cooker to your pot, set the time and temperature on either the app or actual gadget, place the food in a sealed bag, and then clip the bag of food to the side of the pot. This method of cooking ensures your food is never overdone and always cooked to your liking. This is the perfect gift for someone who likes a side of science with their cooking and it’s a great surprise for someone who has never heard of this method. You can purchase either a Bluetooth enabled one for $99 or a Wifi enabled one for $149.


June Intelligent Oven


Fair warning, this one is expensive. But what the June lacks in affordability, it makes up for in insane convenience. If your giftee is a perpetual burner or someone who claims they hate cooking, the June Intelligent Oven could be a lifesaver. This insanely-smart countertop oven can cook pretty much any dish to perfection with little to no effort. It has wi-fi connectivity, a camera to self-monitor the state of the food, and artificial intelligence to adapt.  Just insert whatever it is you want to make, confirm that it is the dish the oven thinks it is, and then select how you’d like it cooked. The June Intelligent Oven does all of the work for you making it a kitchen haters dream. Pretty incredible, right? The price though, and we warned you, is $1,495.


Buzzfeed Tasty One Top


Yes, Buzzfeed has stepped into the epicurean world and in a pretty turquoise to boot. They are now selling their very own smart cooktop. The Tasty One Top is a Bluetooth-enabled countertop hotplate. It is designed to help you cook Buzzfeed’s Tasty videos to perfection. Using their Tasty app, you can select a recipe and the app will send all the appropriate settings to the device and give you instructions to follow along. You’ll know just when to add an ingredient or turn over that chicken breast. If you have someone in your family who is constantly sharing Tasty videos with several heart-eye emojis, surprise them with this and the Buzzfeed cookbook to be their new favorite family member. 


Philips XL Airfryer

Airfryers are the newest thing in healthy eating. If you’ve never heard of it, basically it’s a countertop cooker that circulates hot air around food at high speeds creating a crispy outer layer with much less oil than deep frying. Largely regarded as the go-to air fryer for avid chefs, the Philps XL is the best bet for an air fryer. Don’t believe us? Ask Gordon Ramsey. He’s their number one spokesman. It’s got 1750-watt power and is a third larger than the standard model. This air fryer also features a touch-screen interface for an easy, digital cooking experience. Find it on Amazon for $259. If you’re still interested in Air-fry technology, but need a less expensive option, Amazon users prefer this model


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