Culinary School Equipment: What Should You Bring?

So, you did the research, submitted your culinary school applications, and now you are about to start the next stage of your specialized education. It is easy to get caught up in the process and forget that you will actually attend school at the end of it. Attending any culinary program means that you will need to purchase equipment for your courses. We compiled a useful guide on what culinary items you should keep at your disposal throughout your program.

Pots and Pans

The school might provide these items for you. However, your own pots and pans are good to have for when you practice at home. The main items to buy are a saucepan, sauté pan, and stockpot. Do not buy these in sets if you can avoid it. The sets are typically of a lower quality. Mismatched sets are not only acceptable, but also build character.


Your knife set will become an extension of your person. Purchase a cutlery case so that you can carry your knives with you back and forth from school. The main knives will include a chef knife, boning knife, cleaver, and paring knife. During your schooling, you will learn when to use these different knives. If you are looking to get ahead, utilize the resources that break down when to use chef knives versus when to avoid them.

Practical Shoes

If your long-term goal is to become a chef, you should break in the comfortable shoes now. Buy a pair or two of non-slip, rubber-soled shoes. They may not make any fashion statements, but these shoes will become your lifeline. Chefs are on their feet usually more than eight hours a day. Similarly, a kitchen is an unrelentingly fast-paced, potentially dangerous environment. If you’re needing to pivot from a spill or are starting the next order, you need supportive shoes to get the job done. Do not attempt to side-step spending a little extra money in this area.

Uniform and Hat

There are a few things to look for in a cooking uniform. You will want a uniform that is both comfortable and durable. You should be able to easily wash the uniform as well. Common uniforms are black or white double-breasted jackets. The jackets are made of fire-resistant cotton. A uniform may have your school’s logo, especially if that is one of the requirements.