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What Should Every Kitchen Have
Acccording to Celebrity Chef Art Smith, Oprah’s personal chef for 10 years, who came home to Florida to open his newest restaurant, Homecoming – Florida Kitchen & Southern Shine. This is what he feels every kitchen needs!
A connection to place. Home kitchens should use materials that reflect the immediate surroundings, like native trees. I like to connect to the garden, and use locally grown, if not homegrown vegetables. We use pottery and handmade woven placemats made by local artisans.
A great table. I’m not big on tablecloths, but I do like a big, beautiful wooden table.
A place to cook out. I like outdoor kitchens, especially for cooking smellier foods.
Natural light. I like big giant windows to let in lots of natural light. I don’t like curtains.
Life. A house without animals and children is a sad house. (Smith and his husband have four adopted children ages 7, 8, 10 and 13, five cats and three dogs.) Don’t make it so precious. So what if it gets messed up?
Self-service. Because we wanted to teach our kids at very young age to feed themselves, we installed a deli area in the kitchen easy for small hands. It has everything they need to build a sandwich or taco. (If you can’t install a deli, devote one lower drawer in your refrigerator for healthy items kids can grab.)
Comfort. No matter how pretty things are, if the space isn’t inviting and comfortable, then it’s all just display. A great kitchen makes you want to stay where you are. That’s where everyone ends up anyway.
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