Whether you love to cook, bake, or you’re just a professional taste-tester, you need a more specialized kitchen. There are more specific elements needed to expedite the cooking process without sacrificing beauty and style. Efficiency is the key to a culinary kitchen. You want to incorporate fixtures and storage that make your cooking experience as smooth as possible.
The main element needed for a chef’s kitchen is extra prep space. A large island with a prep sink and plenty of counter space is extremely beneficial. When dishes pile up in your main sink, a prep sink becomes the perfect place to rinse vegetables or wash your hands. If your kitchen can’t accommodate an island, a roll-out island is just as functional, and tucks back into the counter when it’s not being used.
If you’re a regular baker, you can integrate a bake station right into your prep space. You can store your tools and equipment, such as mixers and rolling pins, in a stylish way right where you use them. A butcher block counter in this space converts your bake station into a functional place to roll dough or chop ingredients.
Within your prep space should also be a tech corner. This could just be a designated area of the counter with a couple electric outlets and shelves. Stack the shelves with your favorite cookbooks, and use the outlets to hook up a computer or tablet. With an abundance of recipes and instructional videos online, you’ll have the entire culinary world at your fingertips.
For fixtures, you’ll want to choose durable pieces that will make cooking more convenient. A stainless steel sink can withstand the heaviest pots and pans, won’t scratch or stain, and requires simple care and maintenance. Noah’s Collection by Whitehaus features a vast supply of stainless steel sinks in varying shapes and sizes, and they have the added benefit of a full undercoat over sound-deadening pads. This gets rid of any tinny sounds from running water and echoes from placing pots and pans.
A soaker faucet is the best choice to accompany your stainless steel sink. Chefs love soaker faucets because the high-arcing spout makes room for even the largest pots. You can also channel the water to reach the farthest spot of the sink, making it a breeze to clean your sink or dishes. Pot fillers are also a necessity in a culinary kitchen. There is no greater convenience than being able to fill a pot with water directly on your range. They save time and energy by eliminating the need to carry heavy pots between the sink and stove. Whitehaus offers soaker faucets and pot fillers in countless styles and finishes guaranteed to match the design of any kitchen.
In addition to a pot filler, you’ll want to make sure your vent hood suits your needs. The value of a proper vent hood is extremely underrated, especially in a culinary kitchen. The hood shouldn’t be larger than your range, but it needs to be powerful enough to suck the air when cooking. Gas ranges exert more heat than electric ranges, so they require a vent hood with more power. The vent hood can also play a key role in the styling of your kitchen, creating a focal point with function.
Organized storage is extremely important in a culinary kitchen. Open shelving is a great way to display bulk storage and frequently-used ingredients. Keeping these ingredients in decorative jars or baskets makes them accessible accessories. Designating drawers to organize pots, pans, and baking trays eradicates messy stacking and makes everything visible.