Gift Ideas for a Chef

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.

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HELP!! I Don’t Know What to Buy My Chef for Christmas!!

AHHHHHHHH!!!!!  I have no idea what to get my chef for Christmas!!!!

gift ideas for a chefDon’t worry.  I have no idea either!  Very few of us do.

(My chef husband is asking for a peaceful and calm home and just wants to have fun as a family, no matter what we are doing.  I’m not sure how I’m going to wrap that up or pull it off, but I guess I’ll get working on it.)

I’ve compiled a list of ideas from many of you in this post over here that you can take a peek at.

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We Made it ‘Til January 2nd!

we made it til january 2ndIf you are married to or dating a chef, you know what I mean.  It’s not that we don’t like the holidays, it’s just that we don’t see our chefs much or at all during the month of December.  So once January 2nd comes around, we are pretty excited!!  Things “should” slow down a bit in the restaurant, our chefs will be home trying to catch up on sleep and family time and we can all breathe a sigh of relief!

(Although January 2nd falling on a weekend might mess that up for us this year.)

Whatever the case, I’m ready for the new year.

Now looking ahead to Valentine’s Day . . . just kidding.

We survived the Christmas season as the family of a chef, although it was a very different month for us.  Things have really changed in my chef/husband’s career and while the hours were still really long, he was off 3 weekends and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  That has NEVER happened.  The days he was working, his to do list was very long, but it actually didn’t have anything to do with the Christmas season.  So it was a different season for us.  Good, but different (and not what I had expected at all!!)

With that being said, I have absolutely no idea what the new year will bring.  What I’ve come to know as the wife of chef is changing by the day.  While I’m excited about these changes, there’s a small part of me that is anxious as well.  I’m not a big fan of the “unknown,” but we’ll just take one day at a time and trust in God’s plan for our family. (more…)

Merry Christmas

Tonight will be a CRAZY night at work for the chefs in our lives.  Christmas parties, large groups, families and friends will be gathering and celebrating during this, the last weekend before Christmas.

But yet, here we are, still at home, alone.  🙂

How has the Christmas season been for you as a chef, chef wife or significant other?

Are you surviving?

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Day 12 – Think About the Restaurant Customers (12 Days of Encouragement for the Chef’s Family)

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To conclude this series, today let’s think about all the customers that are going into the restaurants our chefs are working in.

For me, I picture a large fine dining restaurant, where people are dressed up, ready to meet family and friends to celebrate Christmas or just to enjoy a nice meal in the midst of all the hussle and bussle.

(Although I have to be honest.  I am at the point where I have to ask my husband what restaurant he’s going to be at each day, because of transitioning into a new position at work.  But for the holidays, I picture him at my favorite one!)

While I might be out and about doing things with the kids (because remember, I refuse to sit and home and be lonely and miserable this time of year), someone is enjoying my chef/husband’s cooking. (more…)

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