When you’re a chef – kitchen tools are more precious than new trendy flooring, ample counter space is a gem, and organized storage space is a another clever way to save on prep time. When redesigning a chef’s kitchen, functionality takes top priority. Adding certain features such as hanging pot racks and double-layer drawers ensures convenience and fun. Here are our picks for the busy chef in your household:
1. Stainless Steel – When it comes to countertops and kitchen islands, chefs look for an option that is both durable and efficient. Stainless steel is impossible to stain and nicks blend in with the overall finish. This heat-resistant and hygienic material allows home pastry chefs to cool baked goods without trivets while maintaining high cleanliness standards. This island by Archipelago Hawaii features additional storage space below – making it easier to reach essential pots and pans.
2. Deep Sinks – A deep kitchen sink is essential in a busy kitchen. Choosing a single bowl with a high-arc spout will provide ample space for washing tall, heavy dishes while preventing excess splashing. The Pfister Nia 1-Handle faucet comes with a pull-down function that will adds versatility and streamlines your kitchen clean up!
3. Task Lighting – Adding pendant lights to your kitchen will illuminate large preparation areas such as the kitchen island. By adding more than one light, you can break monotony and save on counter space. In this example, pendants reflect ambient and task light onto the center of the kitchen to add necessary brightness with a twist.
4. Hanging Pot Rack – Keep pots and pans in reach with this decorative and functional kitchen addition. In our Where’s That Spatula blog post, we introduced you to the hanging pot rack as a decorative accent. By installing a hanging rack, you’ll also save space and omit the hassle of rummaging around cupboards and cabinets for the correct pot or pan. With an array of material options including cast iron, aluminum, wood and fiberglass, there is sure to be a hanging pot rack that matches your decor. This compact option from Crate & Barrel can be installed near your oven for added convenience.
5. Over The Sink Cutting Board – If you’re limited on prep space, consider working over the sink. Designed with chefs in mind, over the sink cutting boards make food prep easier than ever by freeing up countertops and providing additional space for chopping up fruits and vegetables. This unique model from Snow River saves time by allowing you to easily strain or toss discards into a stainless steel basket.
6. Hanging Spice Rack – Placing a zero-gravity wall-mounted magnetic spice rack near your oven will ensure your favorite spices are nearby. Wall-mounted spices make a great alternative to large jars or swivel-spice racks which take up additional countertops and cabinet space. This 12-bottle spice rack by Zevroalso comes with the added convenience of adjustable lids which allow you to sprinkle or pour when necessary.
7. Organized Drawers – The key to a kitchen success is knowing where your tools are. This efficient double-layer drawer creates usable space and maintains a minimalistic design. Place the drawer near the oven or other busy kitchen areas to ensure knifes, spoons and utensils are at reach.
8. Thermometers – Whether you’re a celebrity chef or an aspiring cook, the cooking thermometer is an essential tool in any home kitchen. By providing an instant and accurate reading, this tool can reduce the risk of overcooking home meals! The Thermapen is highly praised among chefs for it’s 3-second readings and thin probe that won’t leave a huge mark inside your home-cooked masterpiece.