Yesterday we posted a diary of the incredible food journey devoured at the Brooklyn Fare whose unique menu was crafted by the talented chef César Ramirez. During our post-meal holy-crap-I-can’t-believe-I-just-ate-fourteen-plates-of-food coma, we asked César to share some of his expert knowledge and recommend five essential tools every aspiring chef needs to survive in the kitchen.

César kept it brief and recommended: A good peeler, a pairing knife/chef knife, a fork (huh?), a whisk and after a bit of coaxing for a final suggestion, he went a fifth item: a spatula.

There you have it kids, words from the wise. Now get cooking!