A Holiday Wish List From Local Chefs

The pros weigh in with gift ideas that will surprise and delight your favorite food folk this year.

This Le Creuset braising pot made the list of one local chef this year. Photograph by

What’s on the top of every chef’s holiday wish list this year?

“Down time!” says Bayou Bakery’s David Guas, speaking for every employed professional chef in the country. But unless you’re a big-hearted restaurant owner, the gift of freedom can be hard to give. So we asked top local toques like Graffiato chef-owner Mike Isabella and Cheesetique’s Jill Erber for the next best thing: products, gadgets, books, and other items that make busy days a little brighter. Consult the slideshow for ten ideas sure to please the fussiest foodie on your list.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.