My name is Jennifer and I have been married to a chef for 23 years.

I blog about my life as a chef wife and how we combine restaurant and family life each day.

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Gift Ideas for a Chef

Gift Ideas for a Chef

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Top picks for 2019 – things my chef and I have fallen in love with, still love from the past and some of which have really surprised us.

  • Protalus insoles – Wish I would have known about these when my chef/husband was on his feet for 16 hours a day and had neuropathy/tingling and numb toes!  I was having severe neuropathy in my feet and these insoles have pretty much taken all the pain away.  They offer a 90 day money back guarantee and this link will get you $20 off your first pair!
  • Air Fryer – My husband bought this because he was curious about the technology and wanted to try it out at the home level to consider a commercial one for the restaurants.  WE LOVE IT!  My goodness….this is a keeper!!
  • ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide – Can I just say that this is the most amazing thing I have ever seen!!!  (See this blog post for more details.)  FYI – My husband bought the Instant Pot Immersion Circulator to see if it would work for small volume in the restaurant because it’s not controlled by a cell phone…don’t buy it.  It’s not powerful enough and your chef will be disappointed.
  • InstantPot – This counter top pressure cooker is AMAZING and my husband and I use it all the time!
  • AeroGarden – We bought this for my husband for his birthday in September!!  It’s amazing and we highly recommend it!!
  • Samsung Note 9 – What about a cell phone update…one with a stylus, so they don’t need to carry around a little note pad to take notes?  We love the Samsung Note 9!
  • Surface Pro 6 – If your chef does a lot of computer work for the restaurant or if they are in a corporate position, this computer is AMAZING.  My husband can’t live without it (and neither can I).
  • Massage Chair – We just bought this and it works really well for the price!!

 

I don’t know about your chef, but when I ask my chef/husband for gift ideas for a holiday he usually doesn’t have many ideas, if any. He always says he doesn’t need anything and really doesn’t have time for much. But of course we still want to get him something. Unfortunately I usually draw a blank when it comes to gift ideas for him.

If you google, “Gifts for a Chef,” you’ll get a bunch of foodie gifts, most of which, chefs would think are rather stupid. Most of them don’t want kitchen “gadgets” as a gift.  (However, they do seem to want cool things for their home kitchens that they use in the restaurant.)

So I’ve done some research, asked some other chef wives and girlfriends and made a list of ideas. While all chefs are different, maybe one of these will at least give you an idea or get you thinking. Good luck!

Special Date Night/Weekend

I’ll start off with my favorite gift for a chef. Since my chef/husband always says he doesn’t need or want anything, our favorite gift to give him is individual dates with each of us. (This was actually his idea.) Let’s say it’s Father’s Day. Each child would pick one thing they want to do with Daddy. It can cost or be free. Then they find a way to wrap that up and give it to him.

In the past when we’ve done this, the girls have taken him to ice cream, on a bike ride, out to dinner, rented a movie and had popcorn and went on a hike. Last year for his birthday I took him on an all day date. Since the girls’ time with him is a bit limited during the school year, this ensured one on one time with each of them and they all loved it!

One of my fellow chef wives/girlfriends surprised her chef with a weekend away, including dinner at a wonderful restaurant and got him the cook book from the restaurant.  Love this idea!!

Something for the Kitchen

Even though they live and breathe work, they still want specific things for the kitchen.  But SPECIFIC is the key word.  I definitely would not suggest buying a kitchen item for a chef unless you know they want it.  They are very particular about these things.  🙂

One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that my husband is used to having the best of everything and just everything in general, at his fingertips.  When he cooks at home, sometimes he gets frustrated if something doesn’t work as well as he would like because we have a sub-par item (like a stove, oven, blender, etc.)

Here are some ideas:

Technology Ideas:

  • Apple Watch – easy way to see and respond to texts quickly while working 🙂 (Plus more, but this is a great one for us as we sometimes need to communicate with our chefs during the dinner rush!)
  • FitBit
  • Cell phone update – what about one with a stylus like the Samsung Note 9, so they don’t need to carry around a little note pad to take notes?
  • A new video game for them to play to relax (bonus if it’s one you like too so you can still spend time together)
  • A tripod and a cell phone mount to go on top to help with food photos at the restaurant
  • Surface Pro 6 – If your chef does a lot of computer work for the restaurant or if they are in a corporate position, this computer is AMAZING.  My husband can’t live without it (and neither can I).

Gift Ideas for a chefOther Misc. Ideas:

  • Tickets to a concert of sporting event
  • New pillows and sheets to make the bed more comfortable
  • Slippers
  • A flip book of family pictures or just pictures of the two of you
  • Mount and frame their first embroidered chef coat (or just the embroidered logo)
  • A beer cake
  • Messenger Bag
  • Gift Certificate for a new Tattoo
  • Massage Gift Certificate
  • Pedicure
  • An apron from the kids with all their handprints on it
  • Massage Chair – We just bought this and it works really well for the price!!
  • Pocket Knife
  • Foot Massager

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I’d love to know other ideas you have!  Please leave them in the comments below!

From one chef’s wife to another,

Jennifer

 

 


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Do you Ever Feel Like You Are Living Separate Lives?

Do you Ever Feel Like You Are Living Separate Lives?

Why yes I do.  Thanks for asking.

Sometimes I feel like I have my life here at home with the girls and my husband has his life at work and then here at home.  The things we each do in a day are so different from each other.  Our two lives come together for a few minutes a day and then we go our separate ways.

The majority of the year he does get 2 days off a week.  During those weeks, he doesn’t seem like a stranger.  There is time to talk (even if it’s chaotic with kids running around), meals together as a family, etc.  However, there are times, like day 11 of a 14 day stretch with no days off.  This doesn’t happen often, but occasionally it does.  I really miss him during those times.

11 long days of work in a row.  Has anyone seen my husband?  (Just kidding.)  Oh look, the restaurant just posted a picture of him on Twitter.  (Seriously, this has happened before and I laughed and said to myself, “Oh look, that’s what my husband is up to right now.” read more…




Reflections on Being Married to a Chef or Dating a Chef on Valentine’s Day

Reflections on Being Married to a Chef or Dating a Chef on Valentine’s Day

It’s almost here.  The day we’ve all be waiting for.  The day we celebrate our love for each other . . . oh wait . . . the person we love is a chef and is working that night (and all the days around Valentine’s Day).

So what does Valentine’s Day mean to many chef wives and significant others?

A night alone.

Yep.  That pretty much sums it up.  It stinks.  I know. read more…

How to Clean a Chef Coat

How to Clean a Chef Coat

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My husband is an amazing chef.  I love to learn from him and enjoy all the food he makes, but I really dislike washing chef coats.   And when I say dislike, I really mean hate.  

I really have nothing nice to say about chef coats.  They are big and bulky and stains stick to them like super glue.

With each restaurant change (and there have been quite a few as my husband has moved up in his career), come new chef coats and the task of finding what cleaning treatment will work the best for that specific coat.

If you are like me, you have googled, “How to clean a chef coat” on numerous occasions as you struggle to get out those stains that somehow made it past the apron.

You might have also wondered why in the world chef coats are white. (You can read more about that here.)

Below are some suggestions on how to clean a chef coat, compiled by myself and other chefs and their wives/significant others.  (Thanks for the help guys!)

(Also, make sure not to miss my post on how to get the smell out of chef clothes.)

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Today Might Not Be My Day . . .

Today Might Not Be My Day . . .

It’s 10 pm on Valentine’s Day.  The house is clean and quiet, and as I sit here thinking back on our day, I wonder how my husband’s day went in the restaurant.  We talked once before the dinner rush started at 4 pm and I look forward to the call from him saying he’s on his way home and that the night went well.

Emulsified Family

While many holidays are difficult for me being married to a chef, Valentine’s Day is not one of them.  Valentine’s Day is CRAZY BUSY in the restaurant, so the thought of going out that evening is not appealing.  So if my husband was off, we would be home, choosing to celebrate on another evening.  But since that will never happen (at least I hope not as that would probably mean he was unemployed), here I sit in a quiet house by myself (with 3 sleeping children). read more…

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