Many kids are drawn to the kitchen — whether because of a love of mixing and making messes, aspirations of chefdom or simply a desire to imitate their parents. But other children just plain love food. (I’ve got two such children myself, although they seem to love both real food and making “soup” in the sandbox equally).
All this cooking and pseudo-cooking has to be great for their imaginations, right? Plus it’s got to come in handy when I finally train them to make actual meals… right? Until then, I plan to cater to their little chef hearts desires to keep that cookery enthusiasm up.
Forget the old standby plastic play food sets this holiday season; we’ve rounded up the cream of the crop when it comes to culinary gifts for kids. From actual baking with the classic Easy-Bake Oven to navigating Kung Pao chicken with training chopsticks, tiny foodies of all kinds are sure to love these delectable gifts. So satisfy your lil’ Emeril’s cooking craving this season with our top-shelf gift picks for tot chefs. Bon appétit.
A version of this article was originally published in December 2017.