In recent years, TV cooking shows and food blogs have inspired a nouveau generation of cutting edge chefs. But we’re not talking about the Giadas and Alton Browns of the cooking world — rather, folks like you and me who are interested in whipping up 5-star fare in-house for our friends and family. Making restaurant-quality food has never been easier, as high-quality appliances that were once reserved only for the best of the best are now within the reach of the everyman and woman. If you’ve been looking to amp up your culinary game, we’ve got some great tips to get you on the road to Top Chef-dom, and we’ve rounded up some of the essentials needed for a serious chef’s kitchen. From the forged-steel knives Martha Stewart uses to dice her veggies to a high-tech convection oven that will give way to the flakiest of pie crusts, read on for our top 6 kitchen picks!