I love to cook and I love kitchen gadgets. Here are a few that I use all the time. *affiliate links
These are super handy and take up less space in the dishwasher.
This is pretty much the only knife I use for cooking. Mine is Wustof but this one is more affordable and has good reviews.
I got into julienne vegetables for making rice bowls or fancy salads. Make sure you get one that has a stainless steel blade or it will rust up on you. Here are my carrots. This tool both peels and juliennes veggies.