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You shouldn't get a chef kitchen-y stuff for his birthday, right?

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travellinghopefully12 Sat 04-Feb-17 18:10:05

Dp is good friends with a chef. It is his thirtieth birthday next week and DP wants to get him something kitchen-y. This person does like cooking a lot, and talks about techniques/cannot bear to watch someone else chop an onion (not kidding, he's actually taken the knife from my hand when I am cooking for him and his partner.)

However - I sort of think we shouldn't get him something kitchen-y. He also likes a certain type of single malt, which is quite expensive, so he doesn't normally get it. For a thirtieth we could splash out on a bottle. DP thinks that other folk will have thought of this though.

So, whisky, or like, kitchen stuff? Thank you

AnnoyedByAlfieBear Sat 04-Feb-17 18:11:49

Whiskey without a doubt.

Hulababy Sat 04-Feb-17 18:14:08

Depends on what he is like. I have asked for and received kitchen stuff in the past for gifts. It can be a nice gift depending on the person, esp if something a bit more fancy or something he wouldn't just go out and buy himself.

PencilsInSpace Sat 04-Feb-17 18:14:09

Get the whisky. Anything kitchen-y is likely to be something he already has (and probably a better one) or something he knows he won't use.

If he ends up with two bottles of whisky it's not the end of the world grin

SheSparkles Sat 04-Feb-17 18:14:43

Whisky. Proper chefy kitchen stuff is really specialist, the malt would be a real treat

Hayels Sat 04-Feb-17 18:14:51

If he's a chef and enjoys cooking, chances are he'll have every type of kitchen gadget he wants/needs
I'd go with the whisky- he won't mind if he gets more than one.
Or a third option could be a hamper of good quality foodstuffs?

Scaffleen Sat 04-Feb-17 18:17:33

My husband is a chef and I would never buy him kitchen stuff! He's extremely fussy. If you know exactly what he likes then get it but it's so hit and miss. I'm sure he would love the whiskey.

travellinghopefully12 Sat 04-Feb-17 18:21:27

Thank you. I am thinking whisky, and will show DP this thread to bring home the point. He thought kitchen-y stuff worth £40 would last, while whisky will be gone in six months, but so what, I think friend will like the whisky more, and frankly, if we're spending that much I want to get something he likes.

SheepyFun Sat 04-Feb-17 18:28:24

I'd be very careful about giving kitchen stuff to any friend, let alone a chef, unless I knew their kitchen well, and that they'd want what I was thinking of. Obviously if they'd suggested something, that's different. Go for the whiskey!

PotatoMcKale Sat 04-Feb-17 18:28:47

As a teenager I worked in a kitchen making the side salads for a chef who was locally known as being the best in our (rather small!) area. Someone bought him a pasta maker and cookbook one Christmas and I had to endure an entire Boxing Day listening to him rant furiously about the insult.

Definitely buy the whiskey. Or even socks. Anything but kitchen stuff!

harderandharder2breathe Sat 04-Feb-17 18:31:51


Agree that a chef will have good quality kitchen stuff already

TheHobbitMum Sat 04-Feb-17 18:35:33

Coming from a family of chefs do not buy chef items! He will smile, say thank you, then never use it again! He'll have every item he needs for his kitchen. Buy the Malt 👍

TheJiminyConjecture Sat 04-Feb-17 18:39:41

Ask Dp is friend was a cleaner would he buy him a mop? Surely it's the same principle

GeekyWombat Sat 04-Feb-17 19:11:05

Whisky. He's a chef. He's got everything he needs already.

user892 Sat 04-Feb-17 19:18:12

Whiskey - buying him cooking equip is pretty patronising and likely to be wrong.

Ilovecaindingle Sat 04-Feb-17 19:20:45

My ds is a chef and loves getting chef stuff!! Look on the professional chefs sites for some fab things!!

museumum Sat 04-Feb-17 19:22:12

Not sure what you get a chef for £40 - have you seen the price of chefs knives!!???

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