bare basic kitchen tools
Chef knife - he uses a global, Henkel's are not worth the effort, and this is the only knife you really need.
flexible boning knife
off set serrated knife
plastic squeeze bottle for sauces
mandolin slicer for different cuts
plastic tube ( cut pvc pipe)/ or steel ring to make your food stack
buy dishes from restaurants going out of business;
pots and pan;
thick bottom sauce pan, thick bottom sauté pan, stock pot, cast iron skillet. non stick sauté pan for omelets ( don't wash these, just wipe, and use no steel objects on them)
pans should be Heavy Weight - should be able to do real damage to a skull if used as a weapon.
garlic ( roasted is awesome)
butter ( on everything)
stock - the backbone - make your own; roast bones and vegetables and then throw in a stock pot with water and reduce
chervil, basil tips, chive sticks, mint tips
There is no Final Resting Place of the Mind. - Anthony Bourdain