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Chef’s best gifts for the foodie in your life

Taylor Moxey at home in the kitchen. Photograph by Felipe Cuevas.
Taylor Moxey at home in the kitchen. Photograph by Felipe Cuevas.

She started baking and selling cupcakes to buy a Barbie. Now, 11-year-old Taylor Moxey has turned a $40 loan from her parents into a budding celebrity chef brand. She’s worked alongside Chrissy Teigan, Bobby Flay and Paula Deen, and the 6th-grader has already created a charitable foundation and a couple of mini-libraries by repurposing shipping containers into community reading spaces. This year, Taylor is cooking up her second children’s book.

Here are her six fantastic gift ideas for the food lover in your life. Click here to see all of our experts’ suggestions. 

1. Fireman Derek’s Pies

Fireman Dereks
Fireman Derek's.

“When I’m not baking, I love eating Fireman Derek’s pies. My favorite is the Oreo cheesecake.”

From $25. Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop, 2818 North Miami Avenue, Miami; 786-703-3623;

2. KitchenAid Mixer

Kitchenaid mixer

“When I was 7, I asked for a KitchenAid Mixer for Christmas. It’s still my favorite item in the kitchen. This is great for someone who bakes a lot and wants to give their mixing arm a rest.”

From $360. Williams Sonoma at Merrick Park, 350 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables; 305-446-9421;

3. Vitamix Blender


“The Vitamix Blender makes perfect smoothies. I love making mine with peanut butter, chia seeds, berries and protein powder before I go to dance practice.”

From $249. Sur La Table at Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura;

4. Sam Smith music

Sam Smith The Lonely Hour
Sam Smith.

“I like Sam Smith because of his vocal range and because his music is fun. I love to bake to it.”

In the Lonely Hour. From $7. Barnes & Noble, 152 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-446-4152;

5. Philips Headphones

Philips noise canceling headphones

“In the kitchen, there’s a lot of background noise, so I like Philips Headphones because they cancel out all the noise and let me just do my thing.”

From $25. Target at Dadeland, 8350 South Dixie Highway, Miami; 305-668-0262;    

6. Kate Spade journal

Kate Spade journal
Kate Spade.

“I use the Kate Spade Eat Cake for Breakfast journal to write down a new recipe or new ingredients that I discover.”

$24. Papyrus at The Falls, 8888 Southwest 136th Street, Miami; 305-252-3888;

The Expert: Taylor Moxey

Taylor Moxey: Gifts for Food Lovers. Photograph by Felipe Cuevas.