KBTribeChat | Kitchen Design for Foodies
Perhaps you missed your calling as a culinary artist, or you simply have a passion for cooking for your family and friends. Foodies, it goes without saying, take their food seriously. So when it comes to kitchen design, these culinary connoisseurs know a thing or two about fitting a kitchen. A gourmet kitchen makes cooking a lot more fun and a lot less challenging, regardless of your skill level in the kitchen.
This week’s KBTribeChat was all about how to create a kitchen built for foodie royalty.
What are the elements that put the “gourmet” in a gourmet kitchen?
While your run-of-the-mill kitchen is designed for style, gourmet kitchen offer solutions for everything from oven space to pot storage - all the bells and whistles necessary to create memorable meals.
Design: A Finer Touch Construction | 5131 Calacatta Nuvo island
Is a large island an important component of a kitchen for those who want to try new foods and share with friends and family? Explain!
We call this feature the self-sustaining island – and it’s a gourmet kitchen must. It should have plenty of counter space, its own sink, cabinets, storage. Heck, give it its own oven, microwave and second dishwasher, too!
Design: Alno | Image: Lars Frazer Photography | 5000 London Grey
What sink area and dishwasher features do you recommend for foodies?
When it comes to the foodie sink, bigger is always better. And two is always better than one. This holds true when it comes to dishwashers, too! If you find yourself entertaining a lot, investing in two dishwashers might be a good idea. One can run while the other is being loaded.
Design: Lori Gilder
What surfacing materials are recommended for those keenly interested in exploring food and cooking? Why?
Quartz all the way. It’s sturdy enough to stand up to the busy activities of prepping and cooking meals night after night and beautiful enough to play into the creative messiness of making a meal for loved ones. After all, for those of us who view cooking as an art, messy is all part of the process.
Quartz care & cleanup is a cinch. Top chefs agree when looking for prep and cook surfaces: durability, versatility, low maintenance & heat, scratch & stain resistance are critical. So is avoiding mold and mildew buildup. In essence, function and beauty are key—and quartz elegance and strength are the optimum solutions.
If you are wondering what you can use to clean quartz countertops, you might be surprised to learn that quartz surfaces are easily wiped down with a mild soap and water mixture or mild commercial cleaning solution, and they never require resealing. Cooking in a kitchen with quartz surfaces is just more fun since quartz offers the aesthetic appeal we all desire coupled with simple maintenance and quick cleanup.
Do you have recommended storage solutions for a wide range of cooking implements and supplies?
The foodie cooking strategy requires a variety of gadgets and tools, not to mention the usual serving platters, casserole dishes and baking sheets.Storage in a high-tech kitchen must be plentiful and easily accessible if you don’t want your gourmet cooking to slow you down.
Design: Greenbrook Design
What other tips do you have to create versatile kitchens designed to explore food?
Don’t forget about seating, and lots of it! Half the fun of cooking delicious food is enjoying it amongst friends and family – so come with an empty stomach and pull up a chair!
Design: Studio McGee