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In a busy restaurant kitchen, every chef and cook has their own set of tools bundled up in a knife roll. When I worked as a line cook at a popular NYC eatery, I always made sure to have my personal favorites within arm’s reach to help me cook efficiently and tidily. Over time, I whittled down that list to a handful of game-changing items, and the same tools I needed nearby when I served 200 guests a night at the restaurant are the ones I use at home when I’m cooking for one (me). Below are all the basics that I highly recommend you pick up to cook like a professional at home. Even better? All of my must-haves are under $25 a pop on Amazon.