Sports cars, grilling gadgets, audio gear, a cutting-edge coffeemaker, wine, cookies, and, oh, yeah, time with family—that’s just a sampling of the gifts chef dads desire for Father’s Day. Click through the slideshow for the personal wish lists of Mario Batali, Homaro Cantu, Mike Mills, Zakary Pelaccio, and other kitchen kings coast to coast. You may even find some inspiration for your own giving or getting.
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Richard Rosendale: A Roomier Ride
“For Father’s Day, I’d love to get myself a larger car, so my wife’s ‘approval’ would be a great gift,” says Richard Rosendale, executive chef of the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and the man who will lead the U.S. team in this year’s prestigious Bocuse d’Or cooking competition in Lyon, France. “All joking aside, I’m truly looking forward to just spending some quality time with Laurence [almost 4], Liam [8 weeks old], and my wife, Laura,” the chef adds. “We’ll probably cook on the grill and have some cake and ice cream. That kind of day with my family is priceless.”
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Megan O. Steintrager is a food writer and editor whose work has appeared in Epicurious, Food Network magazine, the Huffington Post’s Kitchen Daily, iVillage, Self, and Brides, among other online and print publications. Her most recent piece for Gourmet Live was Essential Kitchen Gadgets Around the Globe.