Our amazing Head of the Interior Department and Chef Recruiter Helen Papamichael recently carried out a poll on her Facebook account asking her Chefs what their favourite galley tools are. Here are the most popular utensils.
Topping the charts is a Yacht Chef's favourite – the multi-purpose Thermomix. It's known as the world's most powerful blender that also cooks and stirs. You can use it to do almost anything. It comes with two steamer baskets, a small one that fits inside the blender bowl and a large one that perches on top.
The Thermomix is closely followed by a mandolin (watch out for your fingers! ). For the non-professional Chefs the mandolin is a cooking utensil used to cut fruit and vegetables into different shapes. This helpful slicer is a device made up of a flat surface fitted with a sharp blade that lets you slice fruit and vegetables quickly and efficiently.
Rational ovens, good quality sharp knives, chopping boards, wok/pans, and aluminum moulds are also all polled as essential galley tools.
Another tool much loved by yacht chefs is a Maurice. For those of you not in the know, this is the name given by the chef community to a spatula after the French term Maryse.
Head Chef Vidas Banys says that he can't live without his Bluetooth Speaker to keep the energy upbeat in the galley whilst cooking up a storm. Working in an uplifting environment gets the creative juices flowing!
Dean Doherty's number one galley requirement is a Sous Chef! For any Head Chef on a 55m+ a Sous Chef is essential! Their support helps keep the Crew happy and the Head Chef sane!
Head Chef Dan Hall is finding that a white board and marker is becoming more and more useful to ensure that nothing is forgotten!
To finish off, Chef Adam White loves his Alexa. It's great for setting timers, reminders, and creating shopping lists. And like Chef Vidas he finds that no galley is complete without some tunes to sing along to!