‘Next Level Chef’ winner Gabi Chappel shares her kitchen essentials for budding cooks

“Next Level Chef” Season 3 winner Gabi Chappel had to cook her way to victory using tools that ranged from professional-grade to bottom-of-the-barrel, but she knows that home chefs might not own all the tools she had access to while filming.

However, the plant-based chef tells Page Six Style that there are three essentials — or “little gadgets” — every home cook should have, no matter the skill level, to take their meals to the next level.

Here are Chappel’s must-haves for every kitchen:


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“I love having a citrus press, so a handheld juicer [is a must],” Chappel tells us.

“I actually multi-use that because I have a nice heavy one, so I use it if I have to pound anything out. My citrus is one of [my essentials].”



microplane grater
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“I love adding zest to so many things — cheese, nuts,” she shares. “A microplane is just such a useful tool for me. You can use it for anything. That’s how you get the nice snowy Parm on something.”



cast iron skillet
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“I love my cast iron skillet so much. It’s big and heavy, but I make potatoes in it once a week, twice a week,” she says. “Get it crispy.”