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13 Chefs' 5 Favorite Kitchen Tools

Posted: 03/27/11 09:45 PM ET

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Time to play What Would You Take with You on a Deserted Island? The essential kitchen tools edition. We asked 13 chefs what kitchen equipment they couldn't live without to find both surprising and expected answers.

The tools that chefs use to create their food dictates to a certain extent the type of cuisine that they create: whether it's exact and detailed food that's made by chef Tony Conte using a pressure cooker or a more home-grown and comforting type of food made by chefs like Gabrielle Hamilton who prefers her two hands before anything else. The choices that the following chefs made indicate to some level their approach and attitude toward cooking. It also shows which chefs are up on their social media efforts.

Let us know what tools you couldn't live without. Me? My mortar and pestle, for sure.

In the same vein, we recently posted an article about the 50 Most Important Inventions (and Discoveries) in Food and Drink that includes many of the tools listed below. For kicks and giggles, make sure to check out our list of inventions we just didn't need.

Below, the Chefs' 5 Favorite Kitchen Tools Gallery.

- Yasmin Fahr, The Daily Meal

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Gabrielle Hamilton, Prune, New York City
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I always say my two hands are the best cooking tool that I have. But everyone should have a cast-iron pan, one good Teflon pan, Microplane -- I've been using mine a lot recently -- and I really like heatproof spatulas. (Microplane pictured)

Related: Story Time with Gabrielle Hamilton
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