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10 Entertaining Secrets From America's Greatest Chefs


Here's everything you need to set your table in style, as selected by 10 of the country's most celebrated chefs—Thomas Keller, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Daniel Boulud included.

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1. Glass votive
Daniel Humm / Eleven Madison Park, New York City
Humm suggests this "perfectly imperfect" blown-glass votive by William Couig: "It has a handmade quality." $220; furthurdesign.com

2. Riedel Eve decanter
Daniel Boulud / Daniel, New York City
The four-star chef says Riedel's decanter is "pretty damn sexy." And he displays them prominently at home too. $525; riedel.com

3. Black Thatch bread basket
Scott Conant / Scarpetta, New York City
Conant insists on this industrial-looking black-metal basket for a simple reason: the power of first impressions. "The bread basket sets the tone," he says. $6; etundra.com

4. Zalto stemware
Eric Ripert / Le Bernardin, New York City
Ripert says it highlights the wines: "I did a blind tasting and I couldn't believe the difference." $57 to $63; crushwineco.com

5. Hommage Point cup and saucer
Thomas Keller / Per Se, New York City
Keller appreciates how these were inspired by Marie Antoinette's soup tureen: "It was designed for dining while traveling by carriage." Cup $47, plate $22; michealcfina.com

6. Jan Burtz bowl
Jean-Georges Vongerichten / ABC Kitchen, New York City
"The Jan Burtz bowls each have a natural, one-of-a-kind look," Vongerichten says. $25; abchome.com

7. Cork presenter
Grant Achatz / Alinea, Chicago
Achatz loves the duality of designer Martin Kastner's objet: "We're making fun of wine culture—but you can also read the label." $40; crucialdetail.com

8. Ténéré silverware by Christofle
Paul Liebrandt / Corton, New York City
Silverware can be modern without seeming as if it were stolen from NASA. "The flatware has an elegant look, balance, and shape," Liebrandt says. $21 to $100; christofle.com

9. Heath dinnerware
Vinny Dotolo / Son of a Gun, Los Angeles
These kiln-fired ceramics provide an assertive aesthetic. "With the various colors we use," Dotolo says, "the same food can look different—and that is inspiring." $15 to $90; heathceramics.com

10. Wobble salt and pepper shakers
Gabriel Kreuther / The Modern, New York City
Salt and pepper shakers can lighten the mood of an otherwise formal table. "They're playful and whimsical while still being elegant," Kreuther says. $38; momastore.org


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—Howie Kahn

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Photograph by Justin Fantl. Prop styling by Donnie Myers at De Facto.
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