Kitchen tips and must-haves for people who care about their food

Foodies, it goes without saying, take their food seriously. So when it comes to kitchen design, these culinary connoisseurs know a thing or two about fitting a kitchen. While your average kitchen renovator is more concerned about aesthetics, foodies and professional chefs spend hours poring over solutions for everything from pot storage to dishwasher space. Not everyone will have the means to create a professional chef’s kitchen, but there are ways to optimise your space that’s fit for a foodie. Here’s how.

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Ventilation. A heavy-duty range hood is a must in any foodie’s kitchen. It prevents food smells from lingering long after the meal by venting to the outside. There are formulas to determine how much power you’ll need. But the basics are simple, 1. Don’t buy a hood that’s larger than your stove, 2. gas stoves generate more heat than electric ones and need more powerful hoods, 3. blasting the hood on full power isn’t always necessary, unless you have a window open.

Sinks. When designing a foodie kitchen, the sinks can make a huge difference. Bigger is better here. If possible, choose a sink with an integrate drain board to wick water straight back into the sink. Also consider taps carefully. Most chefs and food professionals prefer a tap that can pull out with a long pipe. This makes cleaning so much easier by allowing you to add big pots and pans into the sink.

Surfaces. On the topic of sinks, opt for stainless steel counters surrounding your clean-up area. Sink-and-counter combos are great because it eliminates crevices that can become dirt traps. As for other food surface favourites: butcher’s block and large prep areas are top of the list.

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Dishwashers. If you find yourself entertaining a lot, investing in two dishwashers might be a good idea. If you have the space for them, they can be a wise investment. One can run while the other is being loaded. Electricity will be a consideration. Yet with modern dishwashers’ excellent efficiency ratings, this becomes less of a concern.

Lighting. You can’t slice what you can’t see. Lighting is crucially important in a foodie’s kitchen, so getting it right can be make or break. Natural light is best during the day, but you can mimic the appearance by opting for natural lighting colours in artificial bulbs.

Gas. While this is very-much a personal choice, most foodies prefer gas for food preparation. The only thing to keep in mind, is that switching from electric to gas or vice versa will likely be quite expensive.

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Prep space. An large area to prepare meals is an underrated luxury. Life in the kitchen becomes a whole lot easier when you can stay organised. You need enough room for chopping, cutting, peeling and pouring. A roll-out cutting board is a nice solution if space is an issue.

Knives. A foodie without at least one good knife, is no foodie at all. It’s worth spending some money on a decent set of kitchen knives as well as their storage. Leaving any knife to clatter around in your drawer will dull them over time – and might even cause an injury.

Server. Foodies like to cook and don’t always find the time to take care of guests. Why not invest in a drinks serving cart for your home bar, so guests can help themselves? Keep it stocked with beers, spirits and juices as well as glasses to keep your guests happy and at bay.