What Is A Chef’s Kitchen?

Homeowners with a passion for cooking often desire a kitchen that mirrors those of renowned chefs. It’s a term that gets thrown around a lot, but what exactly is a chef’s kitchen? To us, a chef’s kitchen is a highly-efficient workspace designed to satisfy the needs of a professional, whether or not the homeowner is one. Features like spacious countertops and a sizable kitchen island allowing space for people to work side by side are found in many chef’s kitchens. Complete with state-of-the-art design, a true chef’s paradise incorporates a smart layout that allows for quick access to appliances, as well as an airy flow. These are only a few of the countless details that set a chef’s kitchen apart from the others!

Space, The Final Frontier

The first thing you need to consider when designing your kitchen remodel is how to maximize the functionality within the available space. This will include elements you have been dreaming about paired with professional design suggestions. When you plan out your next dinner party, ideally, you’d want people to have room to move around comfortably, enough space to prepare food, sit, and interact seamlessly. The last thing you want is for your family and guests to be crowded and uncomfortable. 

Spend Wisely

Investing in commercial-grade appliances is expensive and often not required to create your dream kitchen. We recommend scheduling time with your local appliance showroom to not only see your choices but also get the best information.

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Having a large enough sink to hold all of your messy pots and pans when you prepare food is essential in a chef’s kitchen. You’ll need to keep your counters clean and clear as you work, and the sink serves as the obvious catch-all. There are various sink options available, so don’t fret that your kitchen will look too industrial or appear like the back of a restaurant. A great chef’s sink is characteristically wide, under-mounted, and often one single basin instead of two. Another sought-after pro feature is the prep sink often found in the corner of an island or at the bar to maximize counter space. 

Keep It Close

Professional chefs usually create order in their kitchen by thinking about efficiency and timing above all else. One tip you’ll likely find on the web is that you want your cooking surface and refrigerator to be as close to one another as possible. A kitchen’s three main work areas should form, you guessed it, a triangle. Specifically, the sink, the refrigerator, and the stove. The last thing you want is to walk from one end of the kitchen to the other throughout the meal prep. A thoughtful design will cut down on the effort it takes to prepare and cook your meals.

Great Tops

Great chefs agree that you should never cut corners when it comes to the essential parts of your kitchen remodel. Your countertops most often double as your prep surface, and because of this, they play a massive role in your kitchen. Remember, a chef’s kitchen is all about usable space. Butcher block, granite, and quartz countertops are just a few high-quality selections that will hold up over the years and still look beautiful with minimal maintenance.

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Need more information? Still undecided on your remodel? Don’t hesitate to seek advice from the experts! Gordon Reese Design Build is an award-winning design-build company that specializes in premier home remodeling projects. We can help you develop the perfect plan for your kitchen and would love to hear about your remodel. Call us today at 925.261.7257 to learn more about what we can do for you!