The Miami chefs who starred on our 2015 Food & Wine issue cover share the kitchen tools they turn to every day.
Michelle Bernstein of Crumb on Parchment: Gray Kunz Spoon
“This heavy, stainless-steel spoon designed by Chef Gray Kunz has a large bowl and slightly tapered edge, making it perfect for saucing plates, shaping quenelles or even just flipping fish on the griddle.” $25. Walmart, 3200 Northwest 79th Street, Miami; 305-913-8439; walmart.com.
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Adrianne Calvo of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar: Microplane Grater
“The microplane is a versatile tool that can be used for everything from zesting citrus and grating cheese to shaving chocolate and nutmeg.” $25. Martha Stewart Collection. Macy’s at Dadeland Mall, 7303 North Kendall Drive, Miami; 305-662-3400; macys.com.
Dena Marino of MC Kitchen: Smeg Espresso Machine
“Smeg fuses retro-inspired Italian design with durable kitchen appliances. This espresso machine features ergonomic, easy-to-use midcentury design and comes in several colors.” $450. West Elm at The Shops at Midtown Miami, 3201 North Miami Avenue, Suite 108; 305-572-0880; westelm.com.
Cindy Hutson of Ortanique on the Mile and Zest: Vitamix Blender
“A high-performance blender is a must in the kitchen. My Vitamix has 10 speeds and three settings — for smoothies, hot soups and frozen desserts — plus it comes with a 10-year warranty and is dishwasher-safe.” $500. Bloomingdale’s at The Falls, 8778 Southwest 136th Street; 305-252-6300; bloomingdales.com.
Paula DaSilva of Burlock Coast: Boos Cutting Board and Prep Table
“The heavy-duty cutting boards by John Boos & Co. are loved by chefs. This one sits atop a useful, multilevel table that adds prep and counter space to your kitchen.” $2,550. Sur La Table at Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Boulevard; 305-384-4793; surlatable.com.
Eileen Andrade of Finka Table & Tap and Amelia’s 1931: Indoor Smokeless Grill
“The Philips indoor smokeless grill features nonstick aluminum grills, infrared technology for powerful searing and a drip tray. The smart design significantly reduces splatter and mess, and the removable parts are dishwasher-safe.” $280. Williams Sonoma at Merrick Park, 350 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables; 305-446-9421; williams-sonoma.com.
Everyone’s suggestion: Buy Better Knives!
Michel Bras, the famed French chef, has collaborated with Japanese knife maker Shun to create a line of stainless-steel blades coated in titanium and outfitted with ergonomic and well-balanced black Pakkawood handles. The seven-piece knife set includes a Michel Bras maple block for storage. $2,600. Williams Sonoma at The Falls, 8888 Southwest 136th Street, Miami; 305-378-5046; williams-sonoma.com.