What's Your Biggest Kitchen Gadget Regret?

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Gourmet Eureka
As the popularity of cooking continues to rise, so does the host of products on the market that claim to make kitchen tasks easier, faster, and the latest in -- well, whatever.

With so many out there, ranging from must-have to "Just pick up your knife!," what's been the biggest gadget regret for Valley chefs and restaurateurs? What's yours?

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Chef Tim Fields
El Santo Restaurant + Patio Bar

A garlic press. That's what the side of a chef's knife is for.

Chef Payton Curry
Brat Haus

Tongs. They're great for flipping meat and things on the grill; however, our farmers would cringe if they witnessed their lettuces being tossed around by these lobster claws. Keep in mind that the handle on the oven door is just that, it's a handle to open the door, not ever as a place to put the tongs.

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Chef Andrew Nam
Stingray Sushi, Jimmy Woo's Asian Bistro, Spanish Fly, Geisha A Go Go

A mandoline. It made everyone lazy when doing prep work.

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Jay Bogsinske
Chef de Cuisine, District American Kitchen & Wine Bar

The PolyScience Anti-Griddle. When I first got it, I noticed there was a rattle, but I had to keep using it because of a menu item. When I changed the menu and was able to take the machine in, the company wanted $1,200 to fix their $900 Anti-Griddle, even though it was a manufacturing issue.

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Romeo Taus,
Chef and Owner, Romeo's Euro Cafe

VitaMix Super Blender! $450 and used every once in a while. Immersion blender for a fraction of the price is a work horse in the kitchen.

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In the home kitchen, it's much the same -- you ask yourself for a while whether you're not using it because you aren't challenging yourself as a cook or because it's a bad gadget. Then once you realize it's the latter, it's hard to let go if it was expensive. Worst cheap gadget? This thing that looks like an egg slicer but is supposed to hold a tomato and slice it with a flexible serrated mandoline-style plate. (Doesn't.) Worst gift? Sandwich press. Worst thing we owned? George Foreman grill. (It worked fine -- I don't mean to impugn its quality.)

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