Sous Chef: foodie heaven

Wow – I just found this wonderful new website via the Rockett St George newsletter and had to share…

Sous Chef is an online megamart for the serious home or professional chef – it neatly brings together hard to find products, tools and ingredients into one delightful site. Founded only two months ago by Nicola Lando, a home-turned-professional chef frustrated at not being able to source the kit she wanted, the site is a dream to browse if you’re remotely into food or cooking. Nicola has done a remarkable job at curation – the site’s got absolutely everything, from sous vide cookers obscure Korean chilli pastes. I just spent an entire lunch break drooling over all the sections and trying to decide what to shove into my cart first.

One of the smartest product ideas are these kits with all the ingredients you need to get started with certain cuisines or recipes, like Japanese sushi rice or middle-Eastern spices for Ottolenghi recipes. Once you have the basic stuff in your storecupboard, it’s so easy to rustle up quick, authentic food.

They have a particularly great range of Japanese and Korean stoneware, reminding me of some of the lovely ceramics we picked up in Japan. I really want to try cooking some Korean stone-pot rice so might have to pick one of these bad boys up.

Loads of top cookbooks from cult restaurants and chefs, alongside some classics (I highly recommend Japanese Cooking – A Simple Art, just as a wonderful bedside read. Yes, I read cookbooks in bed. What?)

Plus the site has loads of mouthwatering recipes to give you inspiration for what to cook next.

I’m really quite bowled over at the selection and delightful browsing experience of the well-designed site, and am filling my cart with goodies: a pot of Mexican bittersweet smoked paprika, a ravioli stamp, some shaoxing rice wine…

All product pics c/o Sous Chef (and this isn’t a sponsored post by the way, I just love the site).