Gordon Ramsay’s Top 15 Kitchen Essentials (2022)

Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Essentials List

Time spent getting the kitchen getting ready is not a waste of time. Get out the ingredients and the equipment you need; mise-en-place is French for “everything in its place” is essential. It keeps you on a clear path and eliminates the stress of cooking. Without it, any professional kitchen would be dead in the water, which is similarly vital for home chefs. Get mise-en-place correct, and you will be way ahead of the game.

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Gordon Ramsay Essential List Of Kitchen Tools

  1. Gordon Ramsay Cookware Set Nonstick Pans: 8″ for eggs and omelets and 12″ with lid for general frying Gordon use ScanPan brand pans, but any reliable, good quality heavy bottom pans you can work) Saucepans – Nonstick: A 4 qt. and a 6 to 8 qt.
  2. Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet: Cast iron is excellent for searing or blackening food quickly on very high heat and stays hot. It will release food just like a nonstick surface if it’s seasoned correctly.
  3. Enameled Cast Iron Signature Round Dutch Oven: Much like the more commonly seen cast iron pots and pans, a heavyweight Dutch Oven will be a piece of kitchen equipment that will last you a lifetime.
  4. Wusthof or Zwilling J.A. Henckels Chef’s knife: Gordon Ramsay uses Wüsthof and Henckels branded knives; he says a small set of good-quality knives is better than a whole drawer of dull, low-quality knives.
  5. Henckels Zwilling or Wusthof Knife Block Set: Boning Knife: For cutting around meat and bone.), Paring Knife: Gordon Ramsay uses for peeling fruit and cutting small vegetables, and Serrated Bread Knife.
  6. Pro Electric Knife Sharpener and Honing Steel: (for keep knives sharp).
  7. Wood Block Cutting Board: Gordon uses a Boos Block Cutting Board, and he suggests buying any sizeable wooden cutting board at least 24″ x 18″ in size; this is not susceptible to slipping when used.
  8. Stainless Steel Food Digital Scale: Gordon Ramsay uses a digital scale with a large display, both imperial and metric measurements, and a tare function, which allows you to subtract the weight of the container and show only the value of the food being measured.
  9. 14-Cup Food Processor: Gordon Ramsay uses it for making pasta dough, pastry, and crumble toppings. Choose a low starting speed processor as some are too powerful and will blow your flour and icing sugar around the room when you switch them on.
  10. Smart Blender: A good blender should be a part of everyone’s kitchen essentials; it’s not just for soups and smoothies but also for producing silky-smooth purees, making aioli, and emulsifying dressing.
  11. Classic Super-Fast Probe Thermometer: A handy device that takes the guesswork out of cooking meat. A probe thermometer is helpful if you are roasting meat, for example, and want to be sure it is cooked at the center. There are two types: instant-read thermometers for a one-off reading or alarm thermometers that will tell you when the temperature reaches a preset level.
  12. Mortar and Pestle Set: Gordon Ramsay uses for crushing and grinding herbs and spices. It gives a course more earthy texture than an electric blender, which is ideal for Asian cooking. It is also great for pounding garlic to a paste. Choose a mortar with a large bowl and a heavyweight pestle.
  13. Zester: Not just for zesting oranges and lemons, but Gordon Ramsay uses puréeing garlic or fresh ginger.
  14. Whisk: Gordon Ramsay uses Electric whisks for meringues and sponges, but a free-hand balloon whisk gives you much more control and makes it less likely you will overwhip the cream.


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John Siracusa

Cooking, for me, has always been an "art" infused with traditions. My career was inspired by Hell's Kitchen, the West Side of Manhattan, which boasts one of N.Y. City's best independent restaurant communities, along with Gordon Ramsay's no-nonsense approach towards always being your best.

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