Eddie Hernandez, a former rock musician turned chef, at Taqueria del Sol, the small chain he owns with Mike Klank, in Atlanta, March 21, 2018. Hernandez, 63, is part of a generation of immigrants who moved to the American South and found success exploiting the similarities between their culinary roots and the bounty of the ingredients they found in their new home. (Johnathon Kelso/The New York Times)
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7 Atlanta chefs spill their secrets on tools to save time in the kitchen

Want to be more efficient in the kitchen in 2019? Take a page out of the playbooks of these Atlanta chefs.

A food mill is indispensable for perfect mashed potatoes. 

Matt HutchinsBarleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar.

As a pastry chef, I love to use my juicer to make fruit fillings and glazes for my doughnuts. I also enjoy using my juicer at home to get in all the fruits and veggies we need, but don’t always have time to eat! 

Anna GattiDoughnut Dollies

I recommend a Breville Smoking Gun in the kitchen to infuse smokiness into dishes as well as add a new layer of creativity.

Eddie HernandezTaqueria del Sol

I am 100 percent hooked on the Instapot! It’s a rice cooker, a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a baking oven! I think it may even be able to blow dry your hair.

Deborah VanTreceTwisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours

I highly recommend the Anova Second Generation Precision Cooker Immersion Circulator for the home cook because of its capabilities and affordable price. I absolutely love this gadget because of its precise sous vide cooking features. It’s Bluetooth compatible: You can easily download the app onto your smartphone and control the process from wherever you are.

 Brandon FrohneHoller & Dash

I’m a big fan of the electric tabletop flat top griddle. It’s always non-stick and can do anything from breakfast to grilled cheese. You can make 3-4 portions at a time and they are inexpensive. They’re great at regulating heat so you won’t burn stuff.

Kevin GillespieRed Beard Restaurants

A spiralizer machine is great for turning heavy meals into meals my children love with a healthy twist. Hide some zucchini and squash noodles in their spaghetti. They’ll never know.

 Cam FloydIberian Pig, Decatur

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