No longer just another place for you to prepare your food in, the kitchen is the main gathering room in your home that needs to function very well. After all, every family likes to eat good food. The kitchen is where you cook up those delicious meals and keep your friends and family entertained. So, if you like cooking gourmet meals, then you know a good gourmet meal takes quite a lot of time to prepare and that means you’ll be spending a lot of time in your kitchen – so this room really needs to look good. Your kitchen has to be clean, easy to work in and above all, functional.
An ultra-gourmet kitchen gives you lots of space and flexibility. It should be large enough for the kids to come in and eat come cookies without disrupting the flow of your cooking activities. And it will be a place that you absolutely love to be in, either with your family or guests.
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To make cooking and meal planning a breeze, your ultra-gourmet kitchen should incorporate these 7 areas:
- The Food Preparation Area – All gourmet kitchens need to contain knife drawers that have special tools to keep all your knives sharp and straight, cutting boards that appear and disappear into special cabinets when needed and low height counters. Marble countertops help keep bacteria at bay.
- The Cooking Area – Most people with gourmet kitchens are now opting for double built-in ovens instead of freestanding ranges. An elegant selection of tall cabinets, base cabinets and cabinets with special pull out drawers are extremely popular in gourmet kitchens.
- The Baking Area – Gourmet cooks who are passionate about baking prefer low height counters that make it easier for them to knead bread. These days, you can also purchase special tiered cabinets, pull out box cabinets, cake decorating kits and several other types of baking items.
- The Specific Storage Area – Instead of using a pantry for storage, gourmet kitchens now have specific storage areas. For instance, there can be a ‘breakfast area’ where you can store all your breakfast items like cereals, bagels, syrups, and mixes. In the same way, you can also have lunch and dinner areas so that you can store all your equipment carefully.
- The Dining Area – Most gourmet kitchens also have built-in cabinets that serve as buffets and are used to separate the dining area from the kitchen space. With proper aesthetics and lighting, your dining area can look very sophisticated and luxurious.
- The Wet Bar Service Area – This area can be used as a transition area between the serving zones and the food preparation areas. Wine racks can be constructed and combined with any under-the-counter beverage centers and wine coolers.
- Meal Planning Area – You can get built-in cabinets or bookshelves that are a perfect place for you to plan your meals, search for recipes, mull over your prized collection of cookbooks and other activities. From microwaves to dishwashers to ovens, it is necessary to have all the modern utensils and appliances for cooking gourmet meals. Having all your appliances built into the cabinets or in stainless steel will give your gourmet kitchen a classic, streamlined look.
If you really want that uber-chic, ultra-gourmet kitchen, then you should probably hire the services of a qualified interior designer that specializes in designing such kitchens. You could also visit a couple of gourmet kitchen showrooms – they employ special in-house consultants who can come to your home and help you with planning your kitchen’s design while making recommendations based on your personal style and tastes.