Are you looking for presents for the man in your life who loves cooking, eating, experimenting with new equipment and discovering unusual ingredients from around the world? The Sous Chef gift guide for food-loving men is a fantastic selection of presents for ‘him’. And, of course, there’s nothing to say women won’t love these gifts too!
So spoil the dad, son or husband who loves spending time in the kitchen, with our choice of quality cookware and exquisite ingredients.
For the boyfriend who has missed the usual minibreaks to Europe this year, how about a cookbook and ingredient set for the A-Z of Pasta? And for grandad who loves kitchen gadgets that really work, take a look at the Skeppshult spice grinder below. Or perhaps your brother might like to try brewing beer for the first time this year? We've got the Punk IPA kit he'd love!
For more Christmas gift inspiration, take a look at our guide to Christmas Gifts for Her.
For the man who loves a bit of heat
If you thought that all pepper was the same, then this selection will make you think again. The peppers vary in taste, colour, and texture, helping to bring out different flavours in many different dishes. Just like grape vines, pepper plants vary, and are also affected by different soils, and climates.
Discover the difference between the mild fruity-smokiness of ancho and the chocolatey warmth of guajillo, with this Mexican chilli selection. The varieties included register at both ends of the Scoville Scale of chill heat, with habanero delivering an almighty kick, and other bringing gentle warmth to dishes.
All the kit you need to get started with hot and cold smoking - just add meat and coals! There are two main types of smoking: cold and hot. Cold smoking doesn't cook your food but it does bring beautiful flavours, and if smoked for long enough will also help preserve it. Use this cold smoke generator food smoker from ProQ to cold smoke a whole side of salmon, whole pork belly for bacon, cheese or nuts.
Super-sharp and stylish presents
The stunning Japanese knife trio lets you tackle all the main tasks required for making authentic Japanese meals. The knives have a tsuchime, or ‘hammered’, finish. The dimples are not just beautiful; they also stop food from sticking to the sides of the knives.
The Dutchdeluxes leather BBQ apron in mustard will make you feel super stylish while protecting your clothes when you’re at the grill. It keeps your clothes safe from ash, sparks and spitting fat whether you’re outside or in the kitchen.
The copper & mango wood water jug effortlessly combines the aesthetics of industrial and natural design. The brushed copper jug comes with a polished lid made from mango wood. It’s not only a stunning kitchen and dining accessory – the copper jug helps to keep your water fresh, too. Pure copper is germicidal, which means it kills any harmful bacteria that might be in your water.
Give him something seriously tasty
Muzzi Traditional Panettone
For a seriously good slice of Italian panettone, you can’t beat the Muzzi Traditional Panettone. It’s delicious with a cup of tea of coffee for breakfast, or after dinner with a glass of marsala wine. Muzzi panettones are made with fresh eggs, delivered daily, along with carefully selected butter, milk and sugar. The panettones are made using a mother yeast that is carefully tended, and follow a traditional recipe that has been perfected over many years.
Lift the lid on the best of Spain hamper to be transported to a Spanish taberna. Enjoy classic tapas like the famous Perello Gordal olives as well as possibly the world’s best almonds, Marcona almonds. There are fine examples of popular Spanish ingredients like paprika and paella rice, along with rarer finds like Chardonnay vinegar from Catalonia. With the best of Spain hamper you’re sure to find plenty to satisfy your love of Spanish cuisine.
Metre Long Salami from Parma 1.5kg
This metre long salami is a type of cured sausage unique to Parma, in epic proportions! It makes a fantastic gift for anyone who loves Italian flavours, and it makes a really fun centrepiece at parties. Plus it's one of the most delicious artisan salamis we've tried - it's certainly not just for a laugh!
Cookware that's built to last
The Skeppshult cast iron spice grinder is a serious bit of kit that can grind down peppercorns, hard spices such as cloves, or dried seeds such as cumin and coriander. The grinder features two halves that sit comfortably in the hand, and have corresponding ‘teeth’. Simply tip in your spices, hold the two halves together and twist. Turn the grinder just a few times for a coarse grind, or keep twisting for a finer mill.
Food DIY gifts for anyone who loves a project
The Brooklyn Brew Shop Brewdog Punk IPA kit lets you brew your very own batch of this famous ale at home – in only two weeks! USA meets UK in this partnership between American home-brew afficionados and Scottish craft beer rebels. The kit makes approximately 4 litres of Brewdog's flagship brew, Punk IPA - a very hoppy, deep amber coloured ale.
This stunning stoneware vinaigrier lets you make your own vinegar at home in as little as 4 weeks. Just add wine or cider, and to speed things up, a little vinegar with the 'mother'. In time, you’ll have a source of homemade vinegar on tap.
Make your own Mexican tortillas! Place a ball of masa harina dough in the middle of the open press. Close the two halves, then press down on the handle to instantly make a perfectly thin and round tortilla. Use greaseproof paper on either side of the press to make it easier to remove the pressed tortillas.
Fun alcohol and cocktail gift ideas
This stoneware Japanese sake set consists of one traditional, thin-necked flask (known as a ‘tokkuri’), and four small cups (known as ‘ochoko’). The handleless cups are the perfect size for enjoying Japan’s famous rice wine – and the wide rim allows diners to enjoy the full aromas of the sake as they drink it.
Pretty bottles make great stocking fillers
This medium fruity extra virgin olive oil in a cactus terracotta bottle brings the tastes of southern Italy to your kitchen, along with a handcrafted piece of Apulian art. The rainbow-striped cactus painted on the bottle evokes the hot, sunny climate of the Mediterranean.
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