Ever wondered how the cookery pros kit out their kitchens? We take a peek inside the cupboards of three of our favourite chefs and food bloggers.
Be bold with colour, says Julia Sherman
New York-born Julia – the woman who made salads sexy with her popular food blog Salad for President – knows a thing or two about creating vibrant-looking dishes. This skill is echoed in the design of her kitchen: a colourful and elegant space with a contemporary edge.
Julia’s tips and tricks
- When it comes to cooking, keep things streamlined and have only the most beautiful items on display.
- Utensils don’t need to be expensive to be ergonomically brilliant. My go-to is a spatula that I bought from a market in Peru. It’s basic, square cut in aluminium, has a wooden handle and is the perfect size.
- You don’t need flashy gadgets to get the job done, either. My fanciest kitchen device is a handmade Florentine kitchen knife with a beautiful inlaid handle, which was a present from my dad.
- Have two sets of dinnerware – one for everyday use and one for special occasions. I have a crazy colourful collection of ceramics that I keep separate for entertaining and sentimental purposes. I store these in my high cupboards.
- Use books to create eye-catching displays. I have stacks of recipe books that I use to add further colour to my kitchen, including one of my favourites, Dorothy Iannone’s A Cookbook.
Let there be lots of light, says Anna Barnett
Super-stylish Anna, who worked for the fashion label House of Holland before turning to cooking and writing, has maximised the beauty of this former schoolhouse in London’s Hackney while adding some modern magic. Anna uses the space to host cookery classes (although these are currently taking place on Instagram due to the pandemic).
Anna’s tips and tricks
- Keep your go-to cooking utensils within easy reach. Mine is a pair of tongs which I keep in a pot next to the cooker – I use them for everything!
- It’s important to have a few non-essential luxuries in the kitchen – things that ignite joy. My most treasured ones are a Microplane grater and my silver salt and pepper mill.
- Keep things simple when it comes to cooking. Nigel Slater is a food hero of mine. I’m drawn to a simplistic approach to great cuisine. It’s less stressful.
- Invest in quality flooring and hardware such as taps and door handles. They will make a big difference to the look and feel of the space and stand the test of time.
Make it a happy space, says Rachel Khoo
A far cry from white cabinets and stainless steel, this pretty green kitchen in London has a personality that’s as fun and fresh as its nomadic owner, cook and TV presenter Rachel.
Rachel’s tips and tricks
- Make your kitchen an enjoyable space to be in. I love listening to podcasts while cooking. Some of my favourites include Margie Broadhead’s Desert Island Dishes and Dawn O’Porter’s Get It On, where she digs through the wardrobes of her guests to reveal why they wear what they do.
- Open-shelving is a key component for a busy or family kitchen. I use it to curate all my bits and bobs and often change up displays.
- Buy cookware from places you visit on holiday for a global aesthetic. My most treasured object is my yellow cast-iron pot I bought in Marseille. It weighs a ton and cost me an extra luggage fee when I brought it home. Totally worth it.
This is an edited extract from Wild Kitchen by Claire Bingham, which is published by Thames & Hudson, price £25. Order a copy for £16.99 Until 13 September at whsmith.co.uk by entering code YOUKITCHEN at checkout. Book number: 9780500023013. For terms and conditions go to whsmith.co.uk/terms.
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