Gourmet kitchens are kitchens that focuses on the love of food and cooking. The home chef who enjoys cooking with the best ingredients and equipment thrives in this type of environment. It’s a kitchen that meets the needs of the cook as well as expresses his or her style. Gourmet kitchens has well-flowing work zones, forming a triangle or other efficiently shaped route. Plan the main sink, cooktop island with nearby pot-filler faucet, double ovens, and a separate fridge and freezer so that each work-center leg is only 4 to 9 feet long; there should be no superfluous space. Countertops should reflect the style of the gourmet as well as be a good match for what they’ll be used for. Stainless steel counters are perfect for the contemporary cook who loves the industrial look of metal counters, but stainless steel should only be used on non-chopping areas. Stone countertops such as granite are expensive, but considered top-notch in a gourmet kitchen. Modern stone-look laminate countertops are popular and realistic looking, but may scratch and burn easily.
Gourmet kitchens usually have top of the line appliances. Appliance features should be more than just attractive, but should be practical for the cook. For example, a range with a warming drawer under the oven with adjustable racks is ideal for the cook who prepares many dishes at once. The kitchen should have designated storage places for top quality equipment the cook uses, such as a good stock pot.