Chef Symon’s Top Picks for Stocking His Outdoor Kitchen

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As spring approaches, we’re ready to dust off the grill, set the table and dine alfresco. And no one does that better than James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Michael Symon.

This year, he’s teaming up with Frontgate to bring you exclusive tips and expert insight to optimize your outdoor kitchen and make your backyard the new destination of choice. So, before you fire up that barbecue or toss the perfect summer salad, Cleveland-born Chef Symon shares his shopping list for stocking your outdoor kitchen so you can entertain in style.

Dig in to the chef’s must-haves for sizzling and serving.

Optimize Your Entertainment

Why Chef Symon loves the Optima Beverage Collection:

  • The Optima Tray is great for transporting food or drinks. From prepping to plating, the stainless steel provides a sturdy and stylish foundation for any use.
  • The most important element of any good party? The drinks. The Optima Beverage Tub keeps drinks cool and at the ready, while the Optima Dispenser is ideal for that signature mixed drink.

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optima beverage dispenser

Select and Serve

Why Chef Symon loves Charcuterie Picks:

  • Keep your hands clean by using these to handle food items during prep.
  • These are a stylish and reusable alternative to toothpicks to make any food grab and go.

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On a Pedestal

Why Chef Symon loves Abbey Adjustable Marble-top Server:

  • It’s been said that we eat with our eyes, and the Abbey Server help make every meal a feast.
  • A timeless design to display hors d’oeuvres, these let guests help themselves while you’re finalizing the entrée.

Chef Symon Outdoor Kitchen Picks

Rustic Refinement

Why Chef Symon loves the Carved Wood and Marble Serveware:

  • A perfect complement to any outdoor barbecue, food-safe and functional, this collection makes serving snacks and dips a breeze.
  • Let this collection do double duty! Use the snack bowls for ingredients prep and the serving caddy for keeping cooking utensils close at hand.

Chef Symon Outdoor Kitchen Picks

Personalized Prep

Why Chef Symon loves the Personalized Walnut & European Charcuterie Boards:

  • Cutting boards are essential for any outdoor kitchen – and these robust black walnut butcher block boards can be personalized to bring custom flair to your cooking domain.
  • The European Charcuterie Board is perfect for acting as a rustic serving piece for steaks and seafood.

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European Charcuterie Board

A Recipe for Fun

Why Chef Symon loves the Wood Carved Fish Serving Platter:

  • Don’t forget that outdoor dining is meant to be laid-back. Have fun by introducing a playful platter into your spread!
  • Fill this Wooden Fish Platter with dips for the table, or use it when cooking to hold various rubs, spices and sauces for your meal.

Chef Symon Outdoor Kitchen Picks

Learn more about our Outdoor Kitchen Collection and exclusive partnership with Chef Michael Symon, including tips, tricks and recipes to help you step outside in style.