Miami’s top chefs on the kitchen gadgets they can’t live without

This Philips indoor smokeless grill is Chef Eileen Andrade's pick for must-have kitchen gadget.

The Miami chefs who starred on our 2015 Food & Wine issue cover share the kitchen tools they turn to every day. 

Michelle Bernstein of Crumb on Parchment: Gray Kunz Spoon

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Let’s spoon. The Gray Kunz spoon is a classic preferred by Chef Michelle Bernstein.


“This heavy, stainless-steel spoon designed by Chef Gray Kunz has a large bowl and slightly tapered edge, making it perfect for saucing plates, shaping quenelles or even just flipping fish on the griddle.” $25. Walmart, 3200 Northwest 79th Street, Miami; 305-913-8439;

Adrianne Calvo of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar: Microplane Grater

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Zest for Life: Martha Stewart’s Microplane Grater is preferred by Chef Adrianne Calvo.

“The microplane is a versatile tool that can be used for everything from zesting citrus and grating cheese to shaving chocolate and nutmeg.” $25. Martha Stewart Collection. Macy’s at Dadeland Mall, 7303 North Kendall Drive, Miami; 305-662-3400;

Dena Marino of MC Kitchen: Smeg Espresso Machine

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Java jolt: Smeg’s retro-cool espresso maker is on Chef Dena Marino’s list.


“Smeg fuses retro-inspired Italian design with durable kitchen appliances. This espresso machine features ergonomic, easy-to-use midcentury design and comes in several colors.” $450. West Elm at The Shops at Midtown Miami, 3201 North Miami Avenue, Suite 108; 305-572-0880;

Cindy Hutson of Ortanique on the Mile and Zest: Vitamix Blender

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Three-in-one: The Vitamix does it all and is Chef Cindy Hutson’s pick.

“A high-performance blender is a must in the kitchen. My Vitamix has 10 speeds and three settings — for smoothies, hot soups and frozen desserts — plus it comes with a 10-year warranty and is dishwasher-safe.” $500. Bloomingdale’s at The Falls, 8778 Southwest 136th Street; 305-252-6300;

Paula DaSilva of Burlock Coast: Boos Cutting Board and Prep Table

Paula DaSilva Boos Board
Chopped: Chef Paula DaSilva likes Boos cutting boards, and this work station adds space-saving efficiencies.


“The heavy-duty cutting boards by John Boos & Co. are loved by chefs. This one sits atop a useful, multilevel table that adds prep and counter space to your kitchen.” $2,550. Sur La Table at Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Boulevard; 305-384-4793;

Eileen Andrade of Finka Table & Tap and Amelia’s 1931: Indoor Smokeless Grill

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No Smoke, No Splatter: Chef Eileen Andrade recommends this indoor grill.


“The Philips indoor smokeless grill features nonstick aluminum grills, infrared technology for powerful searing and a drip tray. The smart design significantly reduces splatter and mess, and the removable parts are dishwasher-safe.” $280. Williams Sonoma at Merrick Park, 350 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables; 305-446-9421;

Everyone’s suggestion: Buy Better Knives!

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From Michel Bras.


Michel Bras, the famed French chef, has collaborated with Japanese knife maker Shun to create a line of stainless-steel blades coated in titanium and outfitted with ergonomic and well-balanced black Pakkawood handles. The seven-piece knife set includes a Michel Bras maple block for storage. $2,600. Williams Sonoma at The Falls, 8888 Southwest 136th Street, Miami; 305-378-5046;


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