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.

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

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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