Charlie Trotter finds the Wüstoff-Trident Fish Turner, with its turned-up edge and flexibility, great for handling delicate slices of vegetables and meat. "And the slots drain off excess liquid" ($40; 800-289-9878). Thermohauser's offset pastry spatula does more than smooth icing. Trotter says the handle's angle also makes the tool perfect for spreading fillings on delicate items like crêpes ($15; 888-285-9547). Many chefs love OXO's Good Grips Peeler, and Trotter is no exception: "Its large handle is good for a man's hand" ($6; 800-545-4411).
Trotter has been experimenting with raw foods (meaning he uses no heat above 118 degrees). He says his Vita-Mix Blender is "a real workhorse" for the purees, oils and sauces he makes for these uncooked dishes. Its blades spin at 240 miles an hour, so "when I toss in basil and spinach, then drizzle in oil, it pounds the flavor into the oil" ($450; 800-848-2649). He uses the Champion Juicer not only for juicing but as a fish grinder for delicate seafood sausages ($270; 209-369-2154).
When Trotter runs out of room on the stove, he plugs in a Sunpentown Induction Cooktop. It heats pans very quickly using electromagnetic energy, yet "the surface doesn't get hot, so it won't burn you." Plus, it's portablegreat for keeping things warm at a buffet table ($280; 888-285-9547).