For the foodie

France can’t keep all the good chefs. Philippe Ruiz is one that got away and wound up in Miami to the rejoice of Floridian foodies. When the city’s menus were overrun with steaks and stone crabs, his creativity-meets-classical training breathed new life into Gallic fare at the Biltmore Hotel’s Palme D’Or, where he was executive chef de cuisine for 13 years. In the fall, the twice-nominee for a James Beard award brought his kitchen knives to Brickell for the launch of Lippi. The nouveau American restaurant, backed by a Zuma partner, allows Ruiz to broaden his recipe repertoire and audience. We asked him to dish on delicious gifts.

  • “The Handpresso Wild Hybrid portable espresso maker is perfect for on-the-go foodies to stay alert.” $130.

  • “For the true food purist who will go to just about any measure for the best, give Saxelby Cheesemonger’s award-winning farmstead cheeses made throughout the Northeast.” Cheese of the Month Club 6-month membership, $300.

  • “What better way to wake up than on Blackberry Farm overlooking the Smoky Mountains? The Relais & Chateaux resort’s hands-on kitchen and garden workshops are a food lover’s dream.” Winter rate for two-night stay at Singing Brook Cottage with cooking demonstration, and farmstead tour or seed talk for two guests, $4,484.

  • “No gourmet can resist a shopping spree at Marky’s. With a gift card, they can load up on Pata Negra jamón ibérico, aged manchego, quince, chocolate and fine wines. I promise that you won’t get out of there for less than $100!”

  • “Nothing says ‘gentleman’s drink’ like a glass of cognac, especially on cool nights during the holidays. This luxury in a glass will have you feeling warm in no time.” Starting at $2,800.

  • “The Big Green Egg is a force to be reckoned with. The all-in-one smoker, grill and oven can be used to cook practically anything year-round.” $479 to $1,200.

  • “The Petrossian Connoisseurs Collections basket is pure, unadulterated indulgence. I like to spoil my loved ones during the holidays, and its mix of five types of caviar and foie gras does the trick.” $965.