Own a Piece of Your Favorite Chef: Slow Food NYC Auctions Tools of the Trade

What would you give for this man's jacket?
What would you give for this man's jacket?

Some people throw their underwear onstage at Tom Jones (or Guy Fieri). Others stand in line for hours to get a copy of their favorite cookbook signed. If you're a die-hard fan of some of the chefs this city has produced, now's your chance to own a piece of them forever.

Slow Food NYC has launched a Tools of the Trade online auction on eBay, which will benefit its Harvest Time in Schools program. Bid on items like Daniel Boulud's complete set of cookbooks, each including a personalized handwritten autograph (starting bid: $150); or a copper pan from the original days of Aureole, donated by Charlie Palmer ($200). How about a cherished mortar and pestle from Zak Pelaccio, purchased while he was living in Kuala Lumpur and used to grind various spice mixtures when testing dishes for Fatty Crab ($85)? And just imagine how you'd look sporting Eric Ripert's autographed chef whites, worn in the kitchen at Le Bernardin ($75). Additional items from Mario Batali, Rachael Ray, and Jean Vongerichten are also up for bid. So, start stretching that clicking finger -- you've got a lot of refreshing to do.

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