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Buying a gift for a mentor of sorts

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So when I first got into the industry I staged at a restaurant in town for a long while, I never really thanked the person who developed my culinary skills. I wanted to get something thoughtful to show my appreciation of what she did for me. 

 

It would be hard to get her a knife because she already has quality knives.

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 9

I thanked a friend for a good word in getting me a job with a K-Sabatier.

They offer free engraving.

Most Chef's would appreciate a full carbon French knife, even if they love Japanese steel.

 

http://www.sabatier.us/

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While I certainly appreciate any of the gifts that I have received over the years, the ones that seem to have a really special place in my heart are the ones produced by the hands of the giver.

 

I have been given, a tie dyed chef jacket, a goofy ceramic toothbrush holder, and a hand carved and painted wooden fish.

 

These gifts are especially treasured; but it probably has a lot to do with the people that gave them to me as well! :chef:

 

Any gift from the heart will be well received and cherished. It is things like that, more than compliments from the dining room, that make this crazy business all worth it.

 

I commend you for remembering a mentor. Let the karmic wheel continue to roll!


Edited by cheflayne - 9/20/13 at 6:55am
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Originally Posted by Just Jim View Post
 

I thanked a friend for a good word in getting me a job with a K-Sabatier.

They offer free engraving.

Most Chef's would appreciate a full carbon French knife, even if they love Japanese steel.

 

http://www.sabatier.us/

 

Nice, yea she got me the job I currently have too. That would be a sick present, I know she would appreciate that. 

post #5 of 9

Gifts that I have seen chefs appreciate:

 

A 12 pack of pens (nice rollerball ones) with a bottle of jack

 

A really nice (parker, movado, etc) pen

 

A nice digital thermometer

 

A very nice pairing knife (I don't know many chefs that have actually bought one, so receiving one is a nice compliment to their sets)

post #6 of 9
I have give a few mentors opinel pocket knives. They are the "chef's" pocket knife with great history and can be used as a steak knife or on a forage, fish, hunt. Also affordable and well made with carbon steel blades and old school locking mechanism
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A really good bottle of their favorite adult beverage.

post #8 of 9

I just loved my first mentor. 

Not only did i meet her during my first job on the line , but she also got me the job im at now , at this amazing fine dining italian restaurant. 

 

Me and her basically were book worms , so i have books signed with cute little notes from her , an she has some of mine too. 

Aside from these presents on an off one of my 3 tattoos was actually in her honor. 

 

If you dont want to get a knife ( because well chefs have knives ) i would go for something very meaningful to you as well as her. Doesnt need to be a tattoo but a book , maybe something hand made , <_< a necklace with a fork and a knife symbol 

A picture of you 2 in a picture frame

A cute apron with her name on it

Hell even a key chain , as long as its from the heart. Im a firm beleiver that sometimes the thought actually counts more then the gift. 

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post #9 of 9

Just from someone who never thanked their mentor I would say just giving them a heartfelt talk is the best gift. As chefs we rarely step back and analyze situations as we get caught up in the day to day grind.

 

Looking back my mentor did so much for me even if I didn't realize it til later. Didn't take a job offer from him about 9 months ago and haven't heard from him since, probably won't see or hear from him again. If I could do it all over I would genuinely say thank you for everything and I wouldn't be where I am today without his guidance.

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