Top Chef Host Kristen Kish Shares the 8-In-1 Must-Have That Makes Cooking So Much Easier

Bravo fan-favorite and Top Chef Kristen Kish reveals her favorite ingredients, go-to appliances, and more items that she uses in the kitchen.

By Marenah Dobin, Alexa Vazquez May 23, 2024 2:00 AMTags
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If you don't consider yourself to be a Top Chef, there is no need to sell yourself short. Most likely, you just need some new kitchen appliances to relieve some pressure and do most of the work for you. Just ask Kristen Kish, former Top Chef winner and the new host of the beloved Bravo cooking competition show. And if there's anyone you want to take advice from, it's definitely Kristen.

She's a fan of the Ninja Woodfire 8-in-1 Outdoor Oven. Yes, you read that correctly. It's eight appliances in one machine. You can use her pick to make pizza, max roast, specialty roast, broil, bake, smoke, dehydrate, and warm.

In an exclusive E! interview, Kristen shared why the Ninja Woodfire 8-in-1 Outdoor Oven is a must-have and she shared the other essentials she uses when she cooks, from her favorite snacks to tools she uses on the daily. Kristen explained that the kitchen is a special place in her home "because it's where all the food is made!" She added, "It's also where we gather and connect. It's where my wife and I have dinner 9.5 times out of 10 and where we start and end our days."

If you want to feel like the Top Chef of your household, keep scrolling to check out Kristen's recommendations.

John Boos Block Chop-N-Slice Maple Wood Edge Grain Reversible Cutting Board

Although Kristen recommends buying "anything and everything" on sale, this reversible cutting board is one of the top items she loves to get a discount on.

Le Creuset Cast Iron Classic Oval Dutch Oven

As Kristen says, "Who doesn't love a good bargain?!" She recommends getting deals on more expensive items. "Dutch ovens are great to buy when they are on sale." This cast iron pan is dishwasher-safe and oven-safe up to 500 degrees. It's dishwasher-safe and oven-safe up to 500F.

OXO Good Grips Large Salad Spinner

If there's one kitchen gadget under $50 that Kristen thinks everyone should have, it's "A salad spinner. They are so versatile and easy to use."


This one has 32,000+ 5-star Amazon reviews.

Maldon Sea Salt, Kosher Salt, and Himalayan Sea Salt

One inexpensive essential that she keeps re-buying for her kitchen? "I always buy my salt in bulk. I have lots of different kinds, but three that I always restock: Maldon, Kosher salt and pink Himalayan sea salt."

Lay's Potato Chip Variety Pack, 1 Ounce (Pack of 40)

"I love snacks and usually have seaweed snacks, a variety of chips (bonus points if they are from outside the States, I love getting Lays chips from different countries), cookies and biscuits and/or gummy candy, nuts (peanuts, walnuts, pistachios and almonds), canned artichokes and oatmeal on hand."

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Viva Signature Cloth Choose-A-Sheet Paper Towels

"These feel like a luxury to me. They are sturdy and more like clothes compared to other paper towels out there.  I think they are the most absorbent and durable paper towels out there."

Ninja Woodfire 8-in-1 Outdoor Oven

"It's so versatile! You can bake a cake, you can make 700°F Neapolitan pizzas and everything in between. It also imparts wood flavor and smoke, without having to do the long drawn out smoking process that typically takes hours."

Omega MM900HDS Medical Medium Masticating Juicer

"This juicer is so streamlined.  It's easy to use, easy to clean, quiet and efficient.  One of the best ones out there. "

Peugeot Paris U Select Salt & Pepper Mills

"I love fresh ground pepper (everyone should be using fresh ground pepper!) so a pepper mill is a must for me. This particular product is great because I've found that over time, it doesn't lose its traction, it's still very smooth even after using for quite some time. The quality and longevity are incredible, so for me, it's worth the extra money because it's lasted for so long."

Nenox Kitchen Knives

"Definitely more of a professional chef knife. It's beautifully made, holds its edge longer and can get very, very sharp."

Bursera Palo Santo Sticks

"I love the smell of wood, and these are perfect for my kitchen because they help get rid of cooking smells in the house but aren't overly strong like some candles and room sprays.  Smells natural, perfumes the air, and then dissipates."

Trader Joe’s Nori (Seaweed) Snacks

"These have just the right amount of sesame oil and the texture is toastier and crispier than others I've found.  Also, the serving size is perfect for me."

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—Originally published August 10, 2023, at 4:25 p.m. PT