As a chef who loves to host elegant gatherings, I have just about every food and entertaining gadget you can think of. So when it comes to gift-giving, I recommend three classics:

  1. Books. I’m always looking for new and memorable ways to entertain family and friends. I find that books with beautiful photos, stylish ideas, and delectable recipes are great inspiration for my own creations.
  2. Personalized stemware or barware. These are so versatile and useful. The personalization can commemorate a special memory or event, and be funny, sentimental, or sweet.
  3. Individual dipping and serving bowls. People who cook gourmet meals usually serve several courses with various types of food, including dipping sauces, soups, and desserts. Having lots of bowls makes a multi-course meal easier and even more fun to prepare.