09/09/2010 04:02 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Chef Michael Schwartz's 7-Item, $300 Kitchen Upgrade

In our second installment of the $300 Upgrade Challenge -- wherein we ask chefs to tell us how to upgrade our kitchens with only $300 -- we've enlisted chef Michael Schwartz, owner of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, in Miami. Schwartz, a 2009 James Beard Award nominee, suggests tools for everything from impressing a woman with homemade pasta to displaying your kitchen knives in a way that maximizes their reachability and makes you look like an actual chef. For all that, plus the reason you should never use plastic cutting boards, click below.

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