Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton reveals the £20 kitchen gadget he can’t live without

Gourmet cuisine doesn't need to cost a fortune

If you are looking to whip up your own gourmet cuisine at home you don't need to shell out a fortune on expensive gadgets. In fact, Jason Atherton, the Head Chef and Social Eating House in London has revealed his cooking must-have will cost you just £20

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When it comes to whipping up incredible gourmet cuisine the Michelin-starred chef told Femail that a Japanese mandolin is a cooking essential. Whether you are slicing a salad or cooking a delectable dish, it is a must-have for nailing those extra thin slices.

'A good knife is your best friend in the kitchen - I prefer my Florentine's cook knife,' he explained. 'But for extra thin-slicing, you need a Japanese mandolin.

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'Get wafer-thin potatoes for dauphinoise or boulangère. It's great for salads and makes light work of slicing.'

Japanese mandoline

A Japanese mandolin is also known as a vegetable slicer and you can pick one up for as little as £20 in most cookware shops. However, they can vary hugely in price depending on the quality of the blade, with some costing as much as £70.

They work just like a cheese grater, except they only have one blade. All you need to do is push the item against the blade in a downward direction.

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If you are looking to add a mandoline to your cooking kit, we're fans of this little black number from John Lewis & Partners. Priced at £20 the mandoline is a versatile gadget for julienning fruit and vegetables, or slicing cucumber and fennel for salads.

Buy now: Mandoline, £20, John Lewis & Partners (opens in new tab)

The mandoline has a curved shape and a stainless steel blade to make slicing seamless. You can also alter the size of the slices using the knob at the size.

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Always using the mandoline on a dry, flat surface and hold the handle securely. And make sure you use the plastic guard to protect your fingers when slicing.

If you are looking for a smaller handheld mandoline, this OXO mandoline slicer (opens in new tab) is also a great option. Plus it only costs £15.99.

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Will you be getting your cooking up to restaurant standard with a Japanese Mandoline?

Rebecca Knight
Rebecca Knight

Rebecca Knight has been the Deputy Editor on the Ideal Home Website since 2022. She graduated with a Masters degree in magazine journalism from City, University of London in 2018, before starting her journalism career as a staff writer on women's weekly magazines. She fell into the world of homes and interiors after joining the Ideal Home website team in 2019 as a Digital Writer. In 2020 she moved into position of Homes News Editor working across Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, Gardeningetc and Ideal Home covering everything from the latest viral cleaning hack to the next big interior trend.