By Alexandra Phanor-Faury

The Smith’s Pastry Chef Shares 5 Creative Gift Ideas For The Cook In Your Life

As the pastry chef at The Smith restaurant in New York, Thea Habjanic knows a thing or two about what gifts will have amateur cooks, experienced chefs and food lovers’ hearts go pitter patter this Christmas. Habjanic took some time out from cooking up some truly savory classic American desserts, like her pineapple upside down almond cake and s’mores in a jar to assemble a list of five unique gift ideas that will satisfy any foodie’s taste buds and keep he or she well-equipped to throw down in the kitchen.


“The blender that will change your life, if you can look past the hefty price tag ($588.53).”

Macaron Parlour

“For those with a sweet tooth, grab a gift box of French Macarons with a modern twist. The candied bacon with maple cream cheese is outstanding!”

Culinary School Class

“Whether you’re an amateur or pro in the culinary world, there’s always more to learn. Schools like NYC’s Institute of Culinary Education offer classes on just about anything food related you can imagine.”

Korin Knives

“The Japanese Mecca of all things knife related, these top of the line blades make great stocking stuffers.”

A Slice at Patsy’s

“A field trip of a gift! Send your loved one on a short ride, if you’re in New York, to East Harlem where they can savor a pizza at Patsy’s that will make their heart flutter. One of the originals, and will only set you back $11 a pie.”

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