How to Create a Chefs Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and the main vessel of that vital organ is food.
From shopping, prepping and cooking, to clearing away, we spent so much time centred around mealtimes that your kitchen must be well considered for the chef of the house, regardless of what their cooking capabilities are.
This involves firstly paying close attention to layout.
Your oven needs to be placed somewhere that gives you plenty of room to open the oven door completely. It also needs to be well situated so that you can easily remove hot pans and place them on a worktop close by.
If your oven’s existing space doesn’t quite work, then now is the perfect time to do a bit of cooking role play and decide where your oven would be better placed in your dream kitchen.
If you’re struggling for space in your kitchen, a solution to this could be a NEFF ‘Hide n Slide’ oven, where the door disappears into the oven when you open it.
Worktop space is key to food prep, so the more of it you can have in your kitchen, the better. Smaller kitchens might benefit from clever storage solutions that offer extra worktop space. There are a variety of options to consider that your designer can talk you through.
Once you’ve mastered your layout, you’ll need to consider the right tools for the job.
Open-plan kitchens and multifunctional spaces will benefit hugely from downdraft hobs. These hobs will suck bad smells and smoke into the fan efficiently to stop the whole area from smelling. They are also an excellent option for hobs placed in more sociable regions such as on an island.
If you’re an avid baker or keen cook, there’s a wealth of oven options from NEFF that you should take some time to explore. The VarioSteam oven, in particular, is excellent if you’re looking for an option that can do everything. On the other hand, if you’re a busy household that loves to entertain, then their self-cleaning oven may be life-changing!
Finally, once you’ve mastered these basics, you must pay credit to your hard work planning the perfect space for food to be enjoyed.
If you’re a sociable cook, you’ll no doubt have your heart set on a kitchen island. Islands are perfect for bringing the family together at mealtimes but can also be used as an extra workspace to prepare food or put on a spread.
If you don’t have the space for an island, you might want to consider a breakfast bar or peninsula. This could be a small overflow of an existing worktop that houses two chairs or even a table for the whole family and guests. But, again, depending on the space available, you can create something completely bespoke and to your tastes.
For some great examples of chef-style kitchens, check out some of our kitchen ranges for inspiration.