11 Feb Custom Kitchens Fit for a Chef
Regardless of whether you’re a professional chef or your culinary creations look like something from the Netflix show Nailed It, you need the space to flex your cooking muscles and create something delicious. The modern kitchen is typically designed with extra space but there are other considerations to keep in mind when designing a kitchen to cook up the holiday meal or there are two cooks in the kitchen at a time. We rounded up some of our best tips for creating a custom kitchen fit for a chef.
Spacious Kitchen Counters
There is nothing worse than pulling a hot pan out of the oven, looking around for a place to set down the pan and having to clear dishes and ingredients out of the way while the heat starts to burn through the oven mitt. Custom kitchens for a chef need plenty of counter space to prep, cook, clean, and let dishes cool before serving. A large island is a great alternative for designing in more room in the kitchen. A few bar stools around the island also creates a sitting space for kids and family members to connect and enjoy each other’s company while preparing meals.
Wooden Butcher Block
If you cook a lot, you know how often you reach for the cutting board and your favorite knife. Instead of pulling down a cutting board every time you want to chop an onion or cut up some vegetables, build a butcher block into the design of your kitchen. A butcher block counter is perfect for creating extra space and cutting down on time spent washing dishes. Simply wash down the counter and prepare for the next meal when done with your prep. If you want to take the kitchen to the next level, consider building a matching knife block to compliment your cutting block.
Zoned Kitchen Stations
A space for cooking, a space for baking, a space for prep, your kitchen should have it all. When designing a custom kitchen for the chef in your family, think of designing your kitchen in zones for more efficient cooking. Imagine a professional restaurant kitchen. These typically have designated zones for everything you need to do in the kitchen. This helps you keep things clean, tidy, and organized while you prepare delicious dishes.
Dual Ranges and Double Counter Space
If you have a big family, one range might not be enough. Based on your needs, consider adding multiple appliances to get more done and feed the entire family all at one time. If you’re like us, dirty dishes are the least enjoyable part of the cooking process. If you have a big family or prepare a lot of meals with many dishes, two dishwashers could be a great solution for your chef kitchen. You know that saying, too many cooks in the kitchen? Well, you won’t have to worry about tripping over someone else while preparing a meal with plenty of counter space and dual appliances to do more and let all of the cooks in the home contribute to family dinner.
If you’ve lived in a home with a shallow kitchen sink, you know the challenges of trying to get the dishes done or filling a pot with water. You won’t regret having a sink with plenty of space. You will, however, regret a sink that doesn’t meet your needs. A deep sink gives you the freedom to do all of the prep and cooking you need and a place to wash all of those big dishes that won’t fit in the dishwasher.
Extra Storage Space
Chefs and foodies have the tendency to collect top of the line appliances and cooking utensils. We get it. But chef kitchens need plenty of space to store all of these appliances, with plenty of space to add to your collection of course. You can’t clutter your countertops with mixers and more, you need a place to keep all of these appliances within arms reach, but out of the way while cooking.
When designing your perfect kitchen, think about the way you use your kitchen and how you could design a space to fit your needs even better. Use these tips to start dreaming of the custom kitchen to whip up your next masterpiece. Need help getting started? Our design professionals have helped people design the perfect space for themselves and their families and we would love the opportunity to help you too. Schedule a meeting with one of our designers and let us show you the possibilities for your custom chef kitchen.