The kitchen is the heart of the home and the cen­tre of the party. Here’s how to de­sign a space that’s made for food, friends and fun.

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Here’s how to make your kitchen the ideal space for en­ter­tain­ing in style.

WHETHER YOU’RE CHAN­NELLING Nigella Law­son or serv­ing a few steaks and sausages off the bar­beque, the kitchen is where it all starts and ends. There­fore, it needs to be care­fully de­signed for ease and ef­fi­ciency. Not sure how to go about im­prov­ing your kitchen? We’ve high­lighted eight key fac­tors that will make yours a stand­out.


First up, have a think about what kinds of events you want to host, as they will de­ter­mine how your kitchen should be laid out. For par­ties, an open-plan kitchen is ideal, as it al­lows guests and hosts to min­gle, but if you pre­fer to work alone, a sep­a­rate prep space may be needed. Next, es­tab­lish the ba­sic work zones: prep, cook and clean. Make sure each area has enough space and stor­age for ev­ery­one work­ing there, as well as the right ap­pli­ances. A tri­an­gu­lar con­fig­u­ra­tion that keeps sink, fridge and cook­top within easy reach works best. Po­si­tion the fridge where guests can grab a drink with­out get­ting in the way.


An is­land bench is the per­fect fo­cal point for kitchens de­signed with en­ter­tain­ing in mind. This pop­u­lar kitchen fea­ture makes it eas­ier to talk to guests while pre­par­ing or serv­ing drinks and food, and also pro­vides ex­tra cook­ing, serv­ing, stor­age and seat­ing space. Some hosts like to po­si­tion their cook­top within an is­land, and in­duc­tion cook­tops are ideal for this as they are easy to in­stall and aren’t hot to touch. An al­ter­na­tive is to in­stall one or two sinks within the is­land so hosts can clean up and chat to guests at the same time.


Be­ing smart with your ap­pli­ances is key to cre­at­ing a suc­cess­ful kitchen for en­ter­tain­ing. Con­sider in­stalling a com­mer­cial­style fridge-freezer with plenty of com­part­ments for all the ex­tras you need when cook­ing for large groups. Or per­haps there’s room for an ex­tra fridge and/or freezer some­where else in the house? Warm­ing draw­ers are a must for se­ri­ous en­ter­tain­ers, not only for keep­ing food warm but also heat­ing up plates. A sec­ond dish­washer can also be use­ful for big gath­er­ings, even if it’s just a sin­gle drawer or half-size con­fig­u­ra­tion. Sim­i­larly, a stan­dard stove just won’t cut it when you’re cook­ing for large crowds. Think about in­stalling a dou­ble oven and cook­top so you can serve food at the same time and while it’s still hot.


Flimsy out­door chairs just don’t make the grade if you’re go­ing for an ul­tra-slick party that lasts well into the night. Cush­ioned seats are a must, whether they are bar stools around the is­land bench or out­door so­fas and chairs on a ter­race or deck. For large groups, it’s worth hir­ing sturdy chairs so ev­ery­one can sit com­fort­ably.


One of the golden rules of en­ter­tain­ing is to make sure ev­ery­one has a drink, al­co­holic or not. Guests don’t mind wait­ing for food as long as they have a glass in their hand. To avoid thirsty guests in­vad­ing the kitchen, it’s a good idea to set up a sep­a­rate drinks sta­tion or trol­ley so the traf­fic can be di­verted. Think about in­stalling a tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled wine cooler for se­ri­ous wine drinkers and an ex­tra fridge for beer. Throw in an ice­maker for cock­tails and your par­ties will be leg­endary!


Wifi-con­trolled ap­pli­ances are es­sen­tial items for tech-savvy cooks. Some elec­tric ovens have wifi con­nec­tiv­ity that al­lows the user to ad­just the tem­per­a­ture from their smart­phone, while some mi­crowaves are equipped with sen­sor-based cook­ing that re­moves the need for fuss­ing with power lev­els and food weights. New on the mar­ket are smart dish­wash­ers that are en­ergy-ef­fi­cient with self-op­er­at­ing doors and ul­tra-low noise lev­els so they can be switched on while your guests are still savour­ing their wine. Other time­sav­ing de­vices for busy en­ter­tain­ers in­clude slow cook­ers and cof­fee mak­ers that are con­trolled via smart­phones, sen­sor­op­er­ated rub­bish bins that open with a wave of the hand, and elec­tric

spi­ralis­ers for mak­ing vegie noo­dles.


Make clean­ing up af­ter a large gath­er­ing eas­ier with an ex­tra dish­washer and/or a large sink big enough for plat­ters and roast­ing dishes. If you en­ter­tain reg­u­larly, choose low-main­te­nance, easy-clean work sur­faces and ap­pli­ances so tidy­ing up isn’t such a chore.

1. Whirlpool 90cm in­duc­tion cook­top in Black Ceran, $1699, from The Good Guys. 2. Quiet Air 90cm T-Bar range­hood, $1999, from Glem Gas. 3. NeoChef 39L con­vec­tion oven, $709, from LG. 4. West­ing­house WHG956SA 90cm 5-burner gas cook­top in Stain­less Steel, $748, from Har­vey Nor­man. 5. Fisher & Paykel 90cm 5-burner nat­u­ral gas on glass cook­top in Black, $1179, from Har­vey Nor­man. 6. AEG 14cm warm­ing drawer, $999, from Har­vey Nor­man.

FRESH SCENT A qual­ity range­hood is a must for ex­tract­ing cook­ing smells. TIME-SAVER A dou­ble oven means less time cook­ing and more time en­ter­tain­ing. HOT SPOT High stools al­low guests to get in on the kitchen ac­tion. TUCKED AWAY Un­der-bench cup­boards max­imise stor­age space for ex­tra serv­ing­ware.

1. Sam­sung Fam­ily Hub 671L French-door Flex fridge, $5299, from Har­vey Nor­man. 2. Fisher & Paykel Ac­tive Smart 614L French-door fridge in Stain­less Steel, $2795, from Har­vey Nor­man. 3. 668L side-by-side fridge with non-plumbed ice and wa­ter dis­penser, $2399, from LG.

A mul­ti­tem­per­a­ture drinks drawer stores and chills wine per­fectly.

1. Ever­dure 60cm 73L 8-func­tion built-in side-open­ing elec­tric oven, $749, from Bun­nings. 2. Fisher & Paykel 60cm dou­ble 7-func­tion oven, $1929, from Har­vey Nor­man. 3. Euro­maid 600mm mul­ti­func­tion dou­ble oven, $1497, from Har­vey Nor­man.

1. Bosch Se­ries 2 Ac­tiveWater 60cm dish­washer, $644, from Har­vey Nor­man. 2. Smeg 14-place free­stand­ing dish­washer in Black, $999, from Har­vey Nor­man. 3. AEG 60cm ProClean ex­tra tall tub XXL free­stand­ing dish­washer in White, $1199, from Har­vey Nor­man.

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