Essential Tools for Culinary Arts Professionals

These are the top tools that culinary students use!

As time goes by, the culinary arts become more advanced. With new techniques and state-of-the-art equipment, cooking has come a long way from its earliest days.

Entering a culinary arts training program is a great way to get your foot in the food industry if you are passionate about the field. A cooking school can train you in the newest cooking and baking skills for you to get started as a professional. Although, you may not be a head chef at first, you can make your way up the ladder to success!

If you’d like to know what tools you’ll use in cooking school, look no further! Branford Hall Career Institute offers you a short guide to the essential cooking tools you will need in a training program and in a real life culinary profession. Many cooking school may even offer a starter kit which contains knives and other items you need for your training program.

Review the essential cooking supplies you need to become a culinary arts professional:

1. Knives

When you enter a culinary arts training program, they may supply you with a set of knives as part of the program. The knives you will likely need the most often include a chef’s knife, a boning knife, and a paring knife. You will also need to use a tourne knife, bread knife, fillet knife, and a slicing knife. Knives are expensive, so when you go to purchase your own personal tools, look for sales. You may want to save up some money before your purchase a high-quality kit that is sustainable and efficient.

2. Cooking pans and pots

Build your own collection of pots and pans over time. You can purchase high-quality kitchenware designs, but be sure you purchase a sauté pan, sauce pan, and a 12-quart stock pot to get yourself started. If you save up enough money, look for pots and pans with stainless steel linings and copper bottomed pans. Be sure these pans and pots are also oven proof, so you can transfer your cooking dishes from the stove to the oven quickly and conveniently.

3. Miscellaneous tools

Many cooks use many miscellaneous tools in the kitchen because it makes the cooking process easier. Think about purchasing the essentials such as:

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Peelers
  • Whisks
  • Shears
  • Graters
  • Spatulas
  • Pastry brushes
  • Cookie cutters
  • Rolling pins
  • Cutting boards
  • Wooden spoons
  • Tongs
  • Bowl scrapers
  • Colanders
  • Mixing bowls

Don’t let this long list of cooking supplies overwhelm you! As you become more experienced and save up money, you can purchase these items for your own kitchen as needed. In the meantime, you can use the cooking supplies at school to practice.

4. Specialized tools

Culinary arts school can teach you many different techniques including knife skills, prepping techniques, along with cooking traditional and international cuisines, gourmet entrees, and baking desserts. If you love cooking and want your dishes to stand out, think about purchasing items like a tart ring, bench scraper, a springform pan, infrared thermometer, and a zester or microplate. If you like decorating cakes try buying a lazy Susan and piping bags for icing.

You don’t have to worry about stocking your kitchen with these supplies right away. Your training can be completed in a kitchen at your culinary arts school. Ask your school what supplies you will need for the program or if they are provided already. As you learn the skills of a culinary artist, you can slowly acquire these essential kitchen tools!


This article is provided by Branford Hall Career Institute. For more information about our culinary arts training program, contact us at a time convenient for you! We look forward to hearing from you!