Seven Steps Toward a Gourmet Kitchen
by Melissa Bullard
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
Do you love cooking and entertaining? Do you enjoy preparing complex meals as much as eating them? Do you wish your kitchen was better equipped for large quantities of food and guests? If this sounds like you, then perhaps you are something of a gourmet chef. If you've been thinking about refacing your kitchen cabinets, and you're wondering what else you could do to increase the gourmet factor of your kitchen, consider incorporating one or more of the following ideas, which range from expensive and involved to easy and low-cost.
Seven Elements of a Gourmet Kitchen
- An Island or Peninsula: If your kitchen refacing job is part of a larger remodel, and your kitchen has ample space, consider adding an island or peninsula. Not only can it increase storage space, but ample countertop space is an essential part of any gourmet kitchen.
- The Best Appliances: A truly gourmet kitchen needs high-end appliances. Whether you're fine with four precision burners or would like two ranges of six burners each, whether you want two ovens or one large one is sufficient, having gourmet appliances can really make the difference when you're hosting a large crowd.
- Warming Drawer: Warming drawers can be expensive, but if you are truly a gourmet chef and entertain often, their uses are numerous and helpful--keeping rising bread dough warm or fried food toasty between batches, warming plates or towels, slow roasting, and a host of other gourmet tasks.
- Entertainment System: If you have ample storage space and the kitchen really is the heart of your home, the place where people congregate, consider turning one particular cabinet or set of cabinets into a place for an entertainment system.
- Knife Storage: Do you have favorite knives you use often? Install a magnetic strip to hang them within easy reach on a wall above a countertop. Prefer something a little less showy? Consider installing a drawer insert to keep your knives organized.
- The Right Flooring: The right look is part of a gourmet kitchen. After all, if you spend hours a day in there, you might as well enjoy it. Depending on the style of the rest of your kitchen, the right flooring can be anything from eco-friendly bamboo to antique French tile.
- Kitchen Cart: Whether you use its surface as another countertop for preparation, its lower racks and drawers for storage, or use the whole thing as a serving tray for drinks and hors d'oeuvres, a kitchen cart can increase both your kitchen's functionality and your hosting capabilities.
With the right equipment and creativity, you don't need to work in a restaurant to create gourmet meals!
About the Author
Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught writing, literature, and Spanish classes, and is currently working as a fre
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