Anyone with a chef friend knows this struggle: you want to get them something useful in the kitchen, but they already have everything their kitchen needs!
That’s why it’s time to think outside of the box. You can’t get them something they need, but you can get them something they’ll love.
We humans are all about creating tools for ease and efficiency, sometimes far beyond our actual needs. But when it comes to inventions that are considered more nice than necessary, the best of the best ideas are dreamt up in the kitchen. There are a million different ways to make the long, tedious process of prepping easier, and we’ve put a few on this list – along with other helpful things your favorite chef may just not have time to think about. These are the best kitchen helpers for the chef who already has everything.
1. Silicone Antibacterial Dish-washing Brushes
Dish sponges keep finding their way to the top of nasty health hazard lists. Before you can see or smell anything suspicious, they’ve collected bacteria and started growing colonies inside. There are many ways to improve their cleanliness, but they all fall short and still have a maximum active life of a week or two. These sponges don’t invite bacteria in, and can last for up to a year!
2. Portable Smart Cooler
This may sound like a gift for the chef, but it’s really a gift for their friends – you know they won’t show up to the picnic or potluck with anything less than the epic charcuterie board you merely drooled over on Instagram.
3. Chef Knife Rolling Bag
Being a chef means caring about and collecting the best knives – and cringing when they’re cooking somewhere else with inferior ones. This portable bag lets them take their precious blades with them wherever they’re needed most.
4. Comfort Floor Mat
Standing all day over food prep is actually quite hard on the body – our feet, knees, and backs all take a hit when the long day is done, and it’s too late to change your posture. But this floor mat actively alleviates much of the physical stress and will make kitchen time a much better time for any chef.
5. Silicone Reusable Food Bags
Because even great cooks can use some help being environmentalists. Unlike large boxed Tupperware, these take up much less space but do the same great job at preserving – and keeping a kitchen green!
6. Ice Cream Maker
Because the one who cooks for everyone else deserves something sweet and easy for themselves every now and then.
7. Eco Herb Savor Pods
Herbs are the soul of most good meals, but buying and maintaining them ain’t easy. A little bit goes a long way when cooking with them, but they are usually sold in large bunches – and they’re the first to go bad in the fridge. These little herb containers provide the right environment to maximize their freshness.
8. Indoor Home Garden
Having a garden isn’t easy, but this little machine will make a garden-less chef’s life so much easier. It has everything plants need to grow built right into it, and will save any chef time and money at the store – not to mention, offer the ultimate freshness!
9. Ringer Cast Iron Skillet Cleaner
Being devoted to cast iron comes with its cost and quite a bit of maintenance since they need to be cleaned with such gentle precision. This tool is the magic charm they need.
10. 10-in-1 Fruit Tool
How many ways are there to cut fruit? The answer is many, and this multi-fruit-cutting tool has them all. Only instead of learning new tricks with the knife, your chef can just smack one of these layers down on the respective fruit. But it doesn’t only slice – it also serves, with bowls, spoons, and picks built-in!
Get ready to make someone very happy with any one of these gifts!
They are some of Hollywood’s biggest names, but have you met their children yet?
Kate Moss and Lila Grace Moss – Age 14
Kate Moss established herself as one of the biggest names in the modeling industry and, still many years on, she proves why she used to own the catwalk. It is no surprise, therefore, that her stunning looks were passed on to the next generation and given to her daughter, Lila Grace Moss. In fact, the young beauty has already starred on the cover of Italian Vogue and, at just 15 years old, she is sure to continue her success and career as a model.
Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson – Age 25
Dakota Johnson has been starring as Ana Steele for the last three years, appearing on the Fifty Shades of Grey movie franchise. However, she is not just another aspiring actress who won her first acting role in the film. Rather, she has been very familiar with the entertainment industry since she is the daughter of 80’s power couple, Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. In fact, her first acting gig was in 1999, and we’re sure she has had some very good acting advice from her talented parents.
Kate Beckinsale and Lily Sheen – Age 17
Kate Beckinsale may be a successful actress, but there is no missing her gorgeous looks that have been inherited by her teenage daughter, Lily. The daughter of Kate and Michael Sheen may be looking to follow in her parent’s footsteps, but she is already looking like her mother. While Lily has had minor roles in films, she is currently focusing on her education before making her career path decision. With talented genes running in her family, it will be no surprise if she becomes the next big star.
Bette Midler and Sophie Von Haselberg – Age 31
With a long career in Hollywood, Bette Midler has earned herself a $230 million net-worth, proving she was one star to look out for. Having Bette Midler as your mother must have been an exciting experience, but that did not mean that Sophie von Haslberg did not want to be like everyone else. The only daughter of the legendary actress and singer decided she wished to make a living on her own and launched her own career. Sophie has since starred in Irrational Man and Ask for Jane.
Jim Carrey and Jane Carrey – Age 30
Just before reaching the age of 30, Jim Carrey gained recognition in Hollywood for his role in the sketch comedy series, In Living Color. Since then, the comedian has appeared in major hit films and has become one of the biggest names in Hollywood. It seems as though his daughter inherited his captivating smile, and also the desire to have a career in the entertainment world. However, she is not following suit in his father’s acting footsteps, but Jane Carrey is an aspiring singer.
Charles Delevingne & Cara Delevingne – Age 20
She has paved her way as one of the biggest supermodels of the moment, and Cara Delevingne has earned her own fame and fortune thanks to her good looks and famous eyebrows. While Cara has made the big bucks based on her beauty and talents, she has her father to thank for inheriting his thick eyebrows. In fact, Cara and her father, Charles Delevingne, share such a similar resemblance that the young model could be considered the female version of her father.
Bob Marley and Ziggy Marley – Age 35
Bob Marley may have passed away over thirty years ago, but the famous singer’s legacy has continued to live on. With hits such as “Jamming”, “One Love”, and “Waiting in Vain”, Marley became one of the best selling artists of all time. Meanwhile, Marley’s son, Ziggy Marley, followed in his legendary father’s footsteps by founding a band called Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. Ziggy also joined his dad’s band, the Wailers, shortly after his passing, as well as, continued with his own solo career.
Kirk Douglas and Michael Douglas – Age 30
The Douglas family has proven they are a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood since Kirk and Michael have spent years showing off their talented acting skills. Kirk Douglas, who is currently 101 years old, has had a long career in film. Throughout his 70 years in show business, he appeared in over 50 movies, and it seems his son wished to follow suit. Michael has gone on to appear in too many films to list, and now we wait to see if his son follows suit.
Lenny Kravitz and Zoë Kravitz – Age 26
When your father is Lenny Kravitz, it is no surprise that you would want to copy his every move. His daughter, Zoë Kravitz, has proven that her father is a legend in her eyes too since, at the age of 26, she was following the same style that he was rocking at the same age. Their matching dreadlocks, clothing, and piercings, as well as, the fact that Zoë is an actress and singer, proves that her parents have certainly inspired her.
Maria Shiver and Katherine Schwarzenegger – Age 23
If you have seen the children of Arnold Schwarzenegger and his former wife, Maria Shiver, then you would know that they certainly have very good-looking offspring. Their gorgeous daughter Katherine is not showing off her stunning beauty like her siblings, however, and is preferably living away from the limelight. Having watched her father dominate the big screen over the years, it seems that Katherine has chosen not to follow suit. Rather, she is a writer who is more interested in becoming an author than an actor.
Will Smith and Jaden Smith – Age 18
At 22 years old, Will Smith gained recognition for his starring role in the television series, The French Prince of Bel Air. After the show’s six-year success, Smith transitioned to film and has since been ranked as the most bankable star worldwide by Forbes. No surprise, therefore, that his son, Jaden Smith, has inherited his great genes, which include his good looks and impeccable acting skills. Jaden has already performed as an actor and a singer, and he is sure to have a bright future ahead of him.
Steven Tyler and Liv Tyler – Age 30
When your father is the lead vocalist for the band Aerosmith, it may be daunting even try to follow suit and pursue a singing career. That is probably why we will never know if Liv Tyler can even sing. However, while she may not become the next big rock star, Liv is certainly showing she is a talented, young lady. With her own set of skills and good looks, she has made a living for herself becoming both a model and an actress.
Julio Iglesias and Enrique Iglesias – Age 42
Enrique Iglesias continues to release hit after hit, but did you know that his father is also a Latino icon? That’s right, the handsome singer has a handsome father who was a hit in the 70’s and sold millions of records. Enrique must have aspired to win the many accolades he saw his father win, and he has proven to be famous in his own right becoming one of the biggest Spanish artists in history. Good genes are running in the Iglesias family, that is for sure.
Pierce Brosnan and Dylan Brosnan – Age 20
Pierce Brosnan has a well-established career in Hollywood, having started acting in the ’80s and been in some of the most prominent box-office hits. After all, he did go on to play the leading role in James Bond, 007, becoming the fifth actor to take on the title role. Meanwhile, his son Dylan is not hoping to follow in his father’s footsteps and play the next James Bond anytime soon. Rather, he has inherited the actor’s good looks and has worked for leading modeling brands such as Burberry.
Christopher Reeve and Will Reeve – Age 25
His father was the real-life Superman which made him a hero for his son to look up to. However, Will Reeve lost his superhero father when he was just 11 years old, followed by the loss of his mother, Dana, only two years later. Things were not easy for a teenage Will, but he managed to go to college and obtain a degree, for which he was fortunate to afford with thanks to his parent’s great fortune. It also seems as though Will inherited his looks from his father!
Kris Jenner and Kendall Jenner – Age 21
Stories of the Kardashian/Jenner clan are everywhere you turn, but it is one of the younger sisters who has set out to make her own career. Kendall Jenner has become one of the world’s most successful models, even winning the award for Model of the Year in 2017. If you look at her matriarch momager, Kris Jenner, you can see an uncanny resemblance to her daughter from over 40 years ago. There is no denying that Kris is still rocking it in her 60’s, and is probably more glamorous than ever.
Jayne Mansfield And Mariska Hargitay – Age 29
Playing the most popular female character on TV, Olivia Benson, Mariska Hargitay doesn’t seem to feel any shadow of her mother’s fame lingering over her career. Her famous mother, Jayne Mansfield, was a well-known model in her younger years, frequently posing for adult magazines like Playboy. Mariska has certainly inherited her mother’s beauty, even if she’s chosen to pursue a different sort of career in entertainment. While Jayne’s career peaked in her 20s, it would take longer for Mariska to achieve the same level of fame.
Madonna And Lourdes Leon – Age 21
With her shocking pop hits in the 1980s and beyond, Madonna may not have seemed destined for motherhood, but fans couldn’t get enough of her young family. Madonna may look better than ever in middle age, but her daughter has finally grown up and looks just like her mother did in the years just before she struck fame. Lourdes is following in her iconic mom’s footsteps in more than just her looks, as she’s also a fashion icon in her own right.
Martin Sheen And Charlie Sheen – Age 20
Given the younger Sheen’s antics, sometimes it can be hard to remember that he comes from a famous family. Father Martin Sheen came into his famous family name after burying his given name, Ramón Gerard Antonio Estévez, in order to make it in Hollywood. Nevertheless, he named his son, Carlos Estevez, who then also changed his name to Charlie in order to become more Hollywood friendly. The pair has worked on several film projects together, making them one of the most recognizable family dynasties.
Susan Sarandon & Eva Amurri Martino – Age 30
Susan Sarandon has gained high recognition in Hollywood after starring in films such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Atlantic City, so it is no surprise that her daughter wished to follow in her famous footsteps. Eva Amurri is Sarandon’s daughter with her ex-boyfriend, Franco Amurri, and she decided to pursue a career as an actress. While Amurri has many more years to catch up with her mother’s time in the entertainment industry, she can already take credit for roles in Californication and Middle of Nowhere.
Alan Thicke and Robin Thicke – Age 30
Robin Thicke broke records with his 2013 music video for “Blurred Lines,” but this was not Thicke’s first glimpse into the music world. Certainly not, since he has been in the industry for over two decades now, and is also the son of a fellow entertainer. In fact, Robin is the son of Growing Pains actor, Alan Thicke, who was also a notable host in his prime. Unfortunately, the actor died in 2016, but Robin can continue the Thicke legacy and their work within the entertainment industry.
Reese Witherspoon and Ava Elizabeth Phillippe – Age 18
Reese Witherspoon has proven her worth in Hollywood having starred in Legally Blonde, Walk the Line, and Big Little Lies. However, it seems that there is another lady who could be mistaken for the Academy Award-winning actress, and that will have to be her lookalike daughter, Ava Elizabeth Phillippe. The eldest daughter from Reese’s former marriage is the spitting image of the actress and, at 18 years old, she could certainly follow in her mother’s (and father’s) acting footsteps.
Uma Thurman and Maya Thurman-Hawke – Age 19
She starred in famous hits such as Pulp Fiction and the Kill Bill movies, so you are sure to have heard of or recognize the successful actress, Uma Thurman. Having established herself in Hollywood, Thurman’s resume also shows a career in modeling. With such beautiful looks, it is no surprise Thurman was wanted within the modeling industry, and the same can be said for her lookalike daughter, Maya Thurman-Hawke. Maya is hoping to follow in the footsteps of her mother in both modeling and acting.
Donald Sutherland and Kiefer Sutherland – Age 51
Kiefer Sutherland is a well-known actor in Hollywood and is well-known for his leading role in the TV hit, 24. While he has certainly done well for himself and is showing no signs of slowing down during his 50’s, there is someone he must have been inspired by to follow this path. That great man would be his own award-winning father, Donald Sutherland, who began his career in 1962 and has appeared in films such as The Hunger Games franchise, Ordinary People, and Citizen X.
Clint Eastwood and Scott Eastwood – Age 30
He is an Academy Award winner and multi-millionaire, but that does not mean that Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott, got an easy pass into the entertainment business. In fact, the famous director and actor made his son earn both his college money and acting gigs on his own, which did involve having small parts in some of his dad’s films. He has since starred in The Fate of the Furious and has an enjoyable net worth to his name, which he can say he earned himself.
Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer – Age 31
Her mom is one of the most famous women in the world, who has a world record of 21 Academy Award nominations, of which she has won three. Therefore, it is no surprise that her daughter, Mamie Gummer, must feel the pressure to follow in the exact footsteps of her mother. While reaching the same status as her mother is one of the more challenging goals in life, she has followed suit to become an actress and has already landed herself TV and film roles.
Jude Law and Rafferty Law – Age 21
British actor, Jude Law, has made a name for himself across the pond after starring in a run of successful hit films over the years. It also does not hurt that Law is kind on the eyes, allowing the audience to fall in love with him for more than his acting skills. Good news is that Law’s handsome genes have been passed onto his son who he shares with actress Sadie Frost. At 21 years old, Rafferty Law has already modeled for luxury brands including Dolce & Gabbana.
Jack Nicholson and Ray Nicholson – Age 26
For over 60 years, the legendary Jack Nicolson has been performing in the entertainment industry. At 26, however, Nicolson was not having much luck with his acting career and took to working behind the camera. Fast forward some years, and he has been nominated for 12 Academy Awards, making him the most nominated male actor in the Academy’s history. Perhaps this is why his son Ray chose to follow suit and become an actor, as well as, an assistant director. Hopefully, the Nicolson name is only destined for success.
Tom Hanks and Colin Hanks – Age 25
When you look like a multi-award winning actor, you must get many mistaken fans asking for your autograph. However, when that person you are being mistaken for is your father, it may not be exactly what you want to hear. As for Colin Hanks, we can imagine he is proud of his famous father who starred in the hit film Forest Gump and is worth millions of dollars.
Eric Roberts and Emma Roberts – Age 27
The Roberts name is no stranger in Hollywood, mainly thanks to America’s sweetheart, Julia, who has captivated the world with her acting talents and captivating smile. Her brother, Eric was the first member of the family to set his sights on Hollywood in the mid 70’s and has since garnered over 400 credits. Meanwhile, his daughter Emma started off her career in 2004 in Nickelodeon’s, Unfabulous, and has since managed to surpass her father when it comes to her net value.
Christie Brinkley And Sailor Brinkley Cook – Age 19
Christie Brinkley was one of the most iconic models in the 1970s and ’80s, despite being only a teenager when she started out. Even as she’s aged, Christie still looks incredible, traits that her youngest daughter, Sailor, seems to have also inherited. Just as her mom did in her late teens, Sailor has embarked on a modeling career of her own. With looks that are strikingly similar, it’s likely that Sailor will also find fame on her own terms.
Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber – Age 16
Cindy Crawford is one of the biggest supermodels of all time, and the legendary model’s daughter is following in her footsteps. Kaia Gerber, at age 16, has already had her own Vogue covers and walked the catwalk for major fashion brands.
Faith Hill And Audrey McGraw – Age 18
With one of the most successful country artists of all time as your mom, it’s hard to not try to follow in her footsteps. While her daughter is rarely in the public eye and unrecognizable, Audrey is practically Faith’s mini-me — just with brown hair! The pair were seen together just before Audrey’s birthday at the Versace NYC show and they looked almost like sisters. Audrey shares her parents’ musical genes and we hope to hear her voice one day.
Cheryl Ladd & Jordan Ladd – Age 30
The apple certainly didn’t fall far from the tree as far as Cheryl Ladd is concerned. The seasoned actress is best known for her role as Kris Munroe in the classic action series Charlie’s Angels, having replaced Farrah Fawcett from the second season onwards. Then there’s Cheryl’s daughter, Jordan Ladd. While she hasn’t necessarily hit the same heights as her mother, Jordan has had her fair share of success on-screen, having starred in movies such as Never Been Kissed and Death Proof.
Heather Locklear and Ava Sambora – Age 20
There is no missing Heather Locklear when she appears on screen, as most people are sure to give her a double take thanks to her beautiful hair and striking eyes. At 20-years-old Locklear was a vision of beauty, and it seems as though her daughter, Ava Sambora, has inherited her mother’s good looks. While studying at Loyola Marymount University, Ava is also reportedly pursuing a career as a model. Locklear’s career can certainly be an inspiration for her children, but perhaps not everything should be followed suit.