Contact Us
866-321-CHEF toll free

Big City Chefs Personal Chefs Nationwide

Big City Chefs San Francisco Personal Chefs
Cooking Classes
Weekly Services

The Latest from Big City Chefs

A Buyer’s Guide for Setting Up Your First Kitchen

June 28th, 2010

by Betty Ho, Big City Chefs Food Writer

So you’ve got your degree, and you’ve graduated from college or grad school, and with it you’ve graduated from late night pizza delivery and microwave dinners.   Now what?  You’ve got a new apartment, a new job, and you’re faced with all of the daunting tasks “real life” is going to throw at you.  Outfitting your new kitchen doesn’t need to be one of them. Setting up you’re first kitchen is all about covering the basics – having the right tools in the kitchen makes cooking feel easier and more accessible.  Thanks to our private chefs’ personal recommendations, here is a run down of the tools and gadgets you need to make cooking in your first kitchen easy and enjoyable, along with easy links to find the items online.

Pots and Pans:

Pots and pans are kitchen essentials – they allow for cooking the basics from pot roast to vegetarian stews to pastas. Furthermore, having a good variation of sizes makes cooking and cleanup easier – you want to have a pan for when you’re cooking for one and another for when you’re cooking for a group. Here’s what you’ll need, along with some links to products our private chefs recommend:

· A couple of sauté pans

· A good stock pot

· A few different sized saucepans

· You will usually be pretty well covered by a 10-piece cookware set but don’t be afraid to supplement if you think you’re missing something


Knives are perhaps one of the most important tools in a chef’s arsenal. A good sharp knife makes preparing food easier and faster. Of course, knives can be expensive, and if you don’t plan on cooking often, it can be a good place to save some money. When starting out, the best way to cover all your bases is with a knife set:

· 13- Piece Set

· 16- Piece Set

Prep Tools:

It is always important when cooking to maintain an organized and clean workspace. That’s why cutting boards and mixing bowls are essential to a kitchen, as they provide a clean and safe surfaces on which to prepare and mix food. Additionally, mixing and blending tools are very helpful in the kitchen. Having a food processor, blender, and a standing or hand mixer will greatly increase the number of meals you can prepare. You’ll need:

· A trio of mixing bowls

· A couple of cutting boards (different sizes)

· Food processor  (if you do not want a full size one, a small one will still be helpful)

· Blender

· Standing mixer

· Or a hand mixer

Cooking Utensils:

There are thousands of kitchen gadgets designed to do specific tasks but to get yourself started, you can stick with some of the basics. Here are the essentials:

· Can opener

· Metal spatula (for cooking)

· Rubber spatula (for baking)

· Whisk

· Metal tongs

· Medium microplane grater

· Measuring Cups and spoons

· Peeler

· Colander

Pantry Storage:

Pantry storage items are a great way to keep your pantry organized and makes for easy access. It can also be a great way to save space in smaller kitchens. Here are a few possible storage containers:

· Container Set

· Over-the-door storage

· Magnetic spice rack

· 2 ½ quart container

· Glass tupperware

While you don’t need to buy all of these items all at once, make yourself a list and purchase a few items at a time, checking them off as you bring them into your growing kitchen.  If you buy the right tools right off the bat, then your first kitchen will be the building blocks of a lifetime of cooking.


Many thanks to our private chefs for their suggestions and recommendations.

No Comments »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment

Nationwide Private Chefs
Big City Chefs Homepage b_toolbar spacer About Big City Chefs b_toolbar spacer What Big City Chefs' Clients Are Saying b_toolbar spacer Is Big City Chefs in My Neighborhood? b_toolbar spacer Personal Chef Jobs b_toolbar spacer Big City Chefs Blog b_toolbar spacer Big City Chefs in the News b_toolbar spacer Private Chef Resources b_toolbar spacer Big City Chefs Website Disclaimer Like our Private Chefs on Facebook! Join Big City Chefs on YouTube! Join Big City Chefs on Twitter!