NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 10: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Chef/TV personality Michael Symon visits SiriusXM Studios on January 10, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
The Essential Kitchen Tools Michael Symon Can't Live Without
By Nick Johnson
There are many kitchen gadgets that you should buy to help you on your culinary journey, and Food Network lists tongs, a whisk, and a can opener in its list of essential utensils. However, for celebrity chef Michael Symon, four tools are absolute must-haves in the kitchen.
"A good chef's knife, a bench scraper, a good wooden spoon, and a microplane, and I'm off to the races," said Symon. Misen co-founder Josh Moses said that a well-balanced knife — and keeping it sharp — is one of the best ways to ensure kitchen safety and cooking success.
Symon also uses a bench scraper to move items from the cutting board to avoid dulling knives, and it can also smash garlic and potatoes, or easily slice dough into even sections. Symon also needs a wooden spoon, which can stir hot food without burning your hands and doesn't scratch the surface of your cooking receptacles.
Rounding out Symon's list of kitchen essentials is the microplane. A microplane is a long grating tool that can complete various tasks, including zesting citrus fruits, grinding down spices, and grating cheese.