Sam Talbot has a long culinary resume, from a finalist on Bravo’s ‘Top Chef,’ to founding executive chef at the Surf Lodge in Montauk, New York, to the best-selling author of the cookbook ‘100% Real: 100 Insanely Good Recipes for Clean Food Made Fresh.’ And Talbot relies on a very specific set of supplies to whip up his nourishing meals. He tells MarketWatch Picks that these are the kitchen items he can’t cook without:
‘I use these tongs every day:’
Staub Silicone Tongs, $15.99 on Bed, Bath & Beyond
Don’t be deceived by these seemingly basic silicone tongs — they have an olivewood handle and serve many essential functions in the kitchen from cooking to serving. “I use these tongs every day,” says Talbot, who is a fan of many items the brand produces. They are safe to use on all cookware surfaces, made from durable black matte silicone and are resistant to high temperatures.
Learn more: Staub Silicone Tongs, $15.99 on Bed, Bath & Beyond
‘Make it rain zest or Pecorino:’
Microplane Gourmet Series Fine Blade Grater, $16.99 on Amazon
“Every kitchen needs a Microplane to make it rain zest or your favorite aged Pecorino,” says Talbot. This stainless steel Microplane — which has garnered more than 2,300 reviews and 4.8 stars on Amazon — is equipped with a fine grater that can be used for cheese, vegetables, chocolate, and more. The Microplane comes in a variety of different grating levels (you can buy coarse, extra course, fine, ribbon, and plenty more), and it’s made in the USA and dishwasher safe.
Learn more: Microplane Gourmet Series Fine Blade Grater, $16.99 on Amazon
or on Bed, Bath & Beyond
On constant rotation in the kitchen:
Staub Spoon, $12.99 on Bed, Bath & Beyond
Made with an Acacia wood handle, this rice spoon is ergonomically designed and Talbot says it’s on constant rotation in his kitchen. It can be used on all surfaces, including non-stick, and on high temperatures. It’s also easy to clean, has garnered 4.6 stars on Amazon, and as one reviewer jokes, “my wife likes the Staub spoons better than me.”
Learn more: Staub Spoon, $19.95 on Amazon
or on Bed, Bath & Beyond
‘A one pan wonder:’
Staub Cast Iron 12-inch Fry Pan Made in France, $219.95
“It’s a one pan wonder,” Talbot says of this oven-safe, enamel bottom pan. “Without a cast iron pan, you won’t get very far. This one creates a char just like a grill only better. Char, sear, roast, braise, even fry for the best fried chicken this side of the Mason Dixon.”
Learn more: Staub Cast Iron 12-inch Fry Pan Made in France, $219.95 on Amazon
‘It’s the sexiest thing:’
Eureka Mignon Silenzio Espresso Grinder in Chrome, $579 on Amazon
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