Plato Putas is all about spreading the holiday cheer, especially when it’s related to food. We’re asking some of the most beloved chefs and food lovers about the best gifts to give…and get.
Best Gourmet Food Item to Give
Armando Manni Truffle Oil, the best you will ever taste.
Armando Manni is a former filmmaker who makes extra virgin olive oil from olives that grow on a single slope in Tuscany. He devised a unique procedure to combat oxidation and deterioration so the organically farmed extra virgin oils reach the consumer in the same condition they left the press—intact and alive. He uses tiny, tinted glass bottles and tops it off with inert glass. Two 100 ml bottles are 44 euros. Indulge here.
Best Cookbook to Give
Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan
David Chang has opened a string of well known Momofuku restaurants in New York City. The Wall Street Journal says: “Chef David Chang’s first cookbook is long, laced with profanity and full of complicated, labor-intensive recipes, many of which require obscure ingredients like kochukaru (Korean chili powder) and sliced country jowl. In food circles, it’s one of the most highly anticipated books of the year.”
Best Kitchen Gadget to Give
On My Wish List
Truffles, white or black.
David Lee is the executive chef of Nota Bene. Born in England, he moved to Toronto at 24 and was hired as the chef de cuisine by Marc Thuet at Centro. At 29, he teamed up with Yannick Bigourdan to acquire Splendido. Nota Bene has been named Toronto’s best new restaurant by Toronto Life and en route magazines, and in November 2009, David won top honours at the 2009 Gold Medal Plates competition in Toronto. Plato Putas lived it up during a delicious lunch at Nota Bene earlier this year.