Can You Identify These Utensils You'd Find in a Chef’s Kitchen?



By: Lauren Lubas

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There are dozens of kitchen utensils and gadgets available on the market. We watch celebrity chefs use them all the time, and we think they are necessary for our kitchens. When you watch celebrity chefs work their magic on TV, you immediately think you need a Microplane in your life. Whether or not you use it in your cooking doesn't matter. The chef has it, and you must have it. If you love owning (and using) every kitchen gadget available, you have probably created the perfect chef's kitchen for yourself. You have utensils you may never have heard of before, but seeing a chef use those utensils has given you confidence in your cooking skills.

If you think you know a thing or two about what utensils belong in a chef's kitchen, we've found 40 that you should probably know. Let's see how good you are at identifying kitchen utensils and their uses. If you ace this quiz, you will prove that you are at the chef level, at least when it comes to knowing your kitchen gadgets and utensils.

What is this small appliance that looks like it could be a medieval torture device.

Immersion blenders are a great tool that help chefs make sauces with the perfect consistency. Some households have them, but the ones in chef's kitchens are usually industrial-sized for the amount of food these chefs make.


This device was originally meant for wood workers. What is it?

That's right, graters were originally created for woodworking. The difference between a Microplane and a hand grater is the size of the grate. Microplanes grate very fine, which makes them perfect for spices, roots and hard cheeses.


Do you know what kind of knife this is?

Bread knives can be spotted by their serrated edges and long blades. They are perfect for cutting bread that has a hard crust and a soft center. While many think they have to saw through the bread, applying pressure on an angle is the best way to cut it.


Can you name this odd-looking tool?

For those who don't like mincing garlic with a knife, chefs recommend the garlic press. They are especially helpful if you have a lot of garlic to mince for a single recipe (or for a single day's cooking).


What is the name of this straining tool?

You've probably seen chefs use this while they are making soups and other liquid-based dishes. This mesh straining system gets small particles out of liquids, and it also sifts flour and dry ingredients for baking.


Do you know what this hand tool is called?

The potato masher (or hand masher) is a tool used to pulverize boiled potatoes. While many use electric beaters for this task, doing it by hand gives you a better texture and consistency.


Can you name this gadget that helps chefs grind grains?

While most chefs buy their flours from restaurant supply companies, some chefs like to go the extra mile and create their flour meal because it adds flair to the restaurant.


What kind of grater is this?

There are several different types of graters, and if you've ever been to Olive Garden, you have probably seen a rotary grater. They make grating hard cheeses easy business for chefs and servers alike.


Do you know the purpose of this utensil?

Zesters are an essential tool for every chef. While some chefs don't mind using graters for zesting, others require a unique tool to ensure the perfect consistency of the zest they produce.


This tool looks like a large pencil sharpener. What is it called?

Vegetable spiralizers are all the rage these days. Not only do they help home cooks stay healthy, they help master chefs plate gorgeous spreads with ease. They look and function much like pencil sharpeners, except they cut the vegetables into thin strands.


What would a chef call a metal spoon with holes in it?

While many home cooks might not see the need for them, perforated spoons have many uses in a chef's kitchen. They are great for fishing out large ingredients from soups and stews or other liquids.


Can you identify this utensil that is essential for consistency?

Mandolines are great tools for every kitchen, and chefs use them in their prep work all the time. This is because mandolines cut food the exact same width every slice, and they do the job much faster.


When it comes to perfect portioning, chefs use this device. What is it?

You may have seen these on a few cooking shows where restaurant workers are making things like pancakes. Each squeeze of the sauce gun trigger gives a chef the same amount of liquid to release either onto a plate or onto the cooktop.


What is the name of this shucking tool?

For chefs who work with a lot of seafood, this tool is essential. Oysters are notoriously difficult to shuck without making a mess of the shell, and the best way to do it correctly is with an oyster knife.


Many kitchens have this tool. Can you name it?

If you don't have a meat thermometer in your kitchen, you are either extremely intuitive, or you don't cook frequently. Every chef has at least one meat thermometer in the kitchen. Many chefs have one for each type of meat.


You've probably seen this tool in cooking contest shows. Do you know what it's called?

Whipped cream is not easy to make. It's even more difficult to make while under pressure and the hot lights of a cooking set. That is usually why you see a chef's whip fall flat as it comes out of one of these tools.


Can you name this utensil that is often used for plating?

When it comes to fine plating, various kinds of tweezers are used in the kitchen. They are perfect for adding delicate garnishes and toppings to beautiful meals. Remember, a chef's hands get dirty, and a pair of tweezers can make or break the plating situation.


This item will be in any pastry chef's kitchen. Can you name it?

Chocolate can be a lot of fun to work with ... if you don't mind getting a little messy. Chocolate spatulas have many uses, including spreading the chocolate for tempering and creating even lines.


Do you know for what this spatula is used?

Fish spatulas are long and flat because fish are generally long and flat. Using a spatula that is too thin might break the fish that it is very delicate as it cooks. That is why nearly every chef has a fish spatula on hand.


What is the name of this odd-looking utensil?

Shrimp cleaning tools are meant to help chefs remove the vein that is found down a shrimp's back. If you don't clean this, the taste and texture of the shrimp will be affected. While a paring knife will do the job just fine, it takes considerably longer.


This tool might not look like much, but it's essential in any chef's kitchen. What is it?

Truffles are all the rage in high-end cooking. Many chefs dump truffles into a typical dish and tack on $20 to the price. A few truffle shavings are then put on the top of the meal. That's where this gadget comes in handy.


This is often seen during serving, but it is also in the kitchen. Do you know what it's called?

While many home cooks buy ground pepper, there is something to the aroma and coarseness of fresh ground pepper. For this reason, many chefs keep a pepper mill on hand, so they can have fresh ground pepper whenever they want.


While these used to have only one function, chefs are finding new ways to use them. What are they?

Ice cream scoops have become more versatile over the past few years, as people realized that they could be used to portion out sticky or soft foods, such as mashed potatoes.


It looks like a box, but it's actually a grater. Do you know what it's called?

Cube graters are the perfect tool for prep work. They give chefs no-mess grating results, as all the gratings fall into the box. They are perfect for large grating jobs that need to be done before a dinner service.


It may look medieval, but it has a purpose. What is it?

Citrus cutters and slicers are usually tools seen in a home cook's kitchen. However, when it comes to prepping a banquet or a large spread, these are excellent tools for any chef with a big workload.


Can you name this cleaning tool?

Whether a chef is cooking on a flat top grill or a charcoal grill, a grill brush is an essential tool in their kitchen. Not only will these remove any excess food particles, but they also help maintain the texture and flavor of foods that are about to go on the grill.


Do you know this tool that heats food slowly?

A bain-marie is a pot that is basically a double boiler. It heats food by heating water underneath a cooking vessel (such as another pot or a glass bowl). While many believe this is only used to melt and heat chocolate, it has several other purposes, including the preparation of delicate sauces.


Most pastry chefs have at least one of these. What is it?

Those of us home cooks who take on cake making from time to time will generally use a toothpick to test whether a cake is done or not. However, for those who bake a lot, cake testers are an excellent tool for the kitchen.


You might find this in a seafood restaurant's kitchen. Do you know what it is?

Sea urchin isn't a common menu item in most restaurants. However, for those restaurants that take on fine dining and random delicacies, a sea urchin cutter is one of the tools a chef will always have on hand.


Can you name this tool that most fine dining chefs own?

Though most home cooks won't have one of these in the utility drawer, chefs find them to be one of the essential tools available on the market. They are perfect for pastry chefs and expeditors alike.


Do you know what this tool is called?

With the popularity of engineering food to look and feel like different foods, many chefs have taken to turning food into caviar. That is why this tool was invented. It helps chefs of fine dining restaurants create interesting dishes.


What is the name of this tool?

Any good seafood restaurant will have one of these on hand for a chef. Bringing in fresh seafood every day is important to maintain quality standards in a seafood restaurant ... and with fresh fish come a whole lot of scales.


This is usually used for fried foods. What is it?

When you are frying foods, you have to be aware of the high heat in which your food is cooking. Your average utensil won't work, and you should always use utensils that are made of metal when working with hot oils. Chefs know this, and that is why you can find one of these in every chef's kitchen.


Do you know what the item in this bottle is?

Olive oil's functionality can seem endless at times, which is why it's such a staple in households all over the world. Due to its high demand, it's no wonder the world would have found a more convenient method with the spray can!


Can you identify this utensil?

Getting a smokey flavor without having to light up a grill is difficult to do. However, when chefs want to smoke meats with minimal space, you can generally find one of these in their kitchen.


Do you know what this is called?

Most chefs and restaurant kitchens will have a kitchen scale on hand (at least one). This is because the restaurant business is all about consistency and portioning. It's important to give those who dine in a restaurant a dish that tastes exactly how they've come to expect it to taste each time they order it.


What is this whisk called?

Coil whips might look weird, but when a chef needs something whisked properly, this is the tool they turn to. You can find these near any prep station in most restaurants around the world.


This tool might look like an immersion blender, but it is so much more. What is it?

While some people might think that anything turned into foam is gross, many chefs think that foaming is essential. It might be an outdated concept, but you can still find foamers in chef's kitchens.


This tool might look weird, but it has a purpose. Do you know what it is called?

If you walk into any high-end steakhouse in the country, you will probably see marrow on the menu. It might sound disgusting, but the center of a bone has a lot of flavor and nutrients. To get it out of the bone, chefs use a marrow spoon.


Can you identify this chef's kitchen essential?

Butcher's twine is perfect for any roast, stuffed item or whole poultry that is being cooked. You will usually find butcher's twine at the prep station of every chef's kitchen because it is such a necessary tool.


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