What? No blow torch?

We asked Bri­tain’s best chefs to pick out the one kitchen gad­get they swear by at home

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1 | Jack­son Boxer, Mi­croplane grater

“A lot of home cook­ing I do in­volves roasted or sautéed veg­eta­bles. Speed­ily adding minced gar­lic, gin­ger or lemon zest el­e­vates flavours. It’s an ab­so­lute ne­ces­sity for mak­ing things sparkle.”

Gourmet Se­ries fine grater, £20, by Mi­croplane; john­lewis.com

2 | Tommy Banks, potato ricer

“I love mashed potato, and a potato ricer en­sures no lumps ev­ery time.

Bake your pota­toes, scoop out the flesh and then pass it through the ricer into hot cream and but­ter.”

3-in-1 potato ricer, £32, by Oxo Good Grips; ox­ouk.com

3 | Francesco Mazzei, KitchenAid mixer

“I’ve had one in my kitchen ever since I bought my new house and it’s one of those items that, now I’ve got it, I can­not live with­out. I do my own bread, pasta and tiramisu with it.”

Black 150 Ar­ti­san Mixer 4.8L, £850, by KitchenAid; kitchenaid.co.uk

4 | Tom Ker­ridge, chop­ping board

“The big­ger the bet­ter. It gives plenty of room with­out feel­ing re­stricted. It’s im­por­tant when do­ing all your prep work to have a sense of free­dom.”

Large end grain wooden chop­ping board, £200, by The Con­ran Shop; con­ran­shop.co.uk

5 | Rus­sell Nor­man, chef’s knife

“A knife with a beau­ti­ful smooth han­dle. This is the knife I use more than any other. It sits so com­fort­ably in my hand, with ex­cel­lent bal­ance and weight.”

Steel wal­nut-han­dled Petty knife, from £140, by Blen­heim Forge; blenheim­forge.co.uk

6 | Mar­cus Ware­ing, Bamix blender

“The most ver­sa­tile piece of kitchen equip­ment. It can be used to make smooth­ies, may­on­naise, loads of things. The mill func­tion is also great for purées and to grind spices.”

White Gas­tro 200 hand­held blender, £185, by Bamix; hart­sof­s­tur.com

7 | Tom Aitkens, pes­tle and mor­tar

“It’s much sim­pler to use than an elec­tric, hand­held one. It’s great for crush­ing spices, but also mak­ing great sauces like a quick and sim­ple pesto.”

Mar­ble pes­tle and mor­tar, £75, by RSVP; ama­zon.co.uk

8 | Michael Caines, gar­lic crusher

“It’s much eas­ier to crush gar­lic than it is to chop it, so I tend to use this de­vice quite a bit. You don’t even have to peel the gar­lic cloves if you don’t want to, ei­ther. It’s a re­ally use­ful time-saver.”

Gar­lic press, £20, by Free­too; ama­zon.co.uk

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