This is my basic "utensil" kit for a home kitchen:
A whisk with a comfortable handle
A couple/few spatulas - one for eggs, one for fish, and one for regular pan/griddle work, etc
A good ladle
A slotted spoon
A couple/few plating spoons
A good, long wooden spoon (or two)
A decent masher
A few pairs of good tongs - 2-long and 1-short
A couple of strainers - different mesh size
A couple different sized graters
A micro plane
And above all - an accurate Thermometer
I have more stuff, but this would be my essential list.
I don't consider knives, stones, pots & pans, etc to be utensils.
One does need a good cutting board - I prefer end grain hardwood. If you are working with messy stuff use a plastic sheet.