Be the host with the most with an en­ter­tainer’s kitchen

SERV­ING UP SEEM­INGLY EF­FORT­LESS GOURMET CRE­ATIONS IS AN EN­TER­TAINER’S DREAM. THE RIGHT KITCHEN CAN HELP YOU ACHIEVE A REP­U­TA­TION AS HOST WITH THE MOST

Home Beautiful - - CONTENTS - WORDS SHEL­LEY TUSTIN

An en­ter­tainer’s kitchen needs to be highly func­tional – there’s no room for awk­ward and poorly planned el­e­ments when you’re bustling about, chan­nelling Marco Pierre White. But, while it needs to have the heart of a com­mer­cial kitchen, it must also ex­ude warmth and good looks to im­press a crowd. It won’t plate up for you, but a kitchen with the right el­e­ments, stream­lined de­sign and help­ful ap­pli­ances is an am­bi­tious host’s best sous-chef.

IN RANGE

Pick­ing a hood which can handle the heat in a busy kitchen is a must. “It’s worth do­ing re­search, though, so that you don’t have to bat­tle the noise when your guests are over,” says Sam Zalin of Win­ning Ap­pli­ances. Try the Qa­sair NDCH100L2B range­hood, $2370, Win­ning Ap­pli­ances.

MA­TE­RIAL MAT­TERS

To get the look of nat­u­ral stone, such as mar­ble, with­out any of the main­te­nance is­sues, try a stone com­pos­ite sur­face such as White At­tica, $900/sqm, Cae­sar­stone.

CALL FOR BACK UP

Con­sider hav­ing a sec­ond dish­washer for mid-party clean-ups. “A half-drawer dish­washer un­der the is­land to quickly stack and wash glasses and smaller dishes helps keep your bench­top clean and clear,” says in­te­rior stylist Aimee. Try the Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer, from $1649.

“A great kitchen will have AM­PLE STOR­AGE, both un­der bench and in over­heads. PLAN your kitchen well to en­sure ev­ery­thing has a spot” AIMEE TARULLI, IN­TE­RIOR STYLIST, ARCHER IN­TE­RI­ORS

WRIT­TEN ON THE WALLS

The stu­dio roller from Ge­orge & Willy is not only a con­ve­nient av­enue to keep a run­ning shop­ping list go­ing, it’s also the per­fect way to present your din­ner party menu for all your guests to see – just make sure your hand­writ­ing is up to the task. From $211/450mm, Ge­orge & Willy.

CAF­FEINE HIT

Whether it’s for an es­presso mar­tini, to get you through the af­ter-party clean-up or to serve un­ex­pected fam­ily and friends who drop in unan­nounced, hav­ing good cof­fee in the house is es­sen­tial. The ECF01 ’50s style cof­fee ma­chine in Cream from Smeg ($499) has su­per-chic Ital­ian style.

WARM­ING UP

Don’t un­der­es­ti­mate the im­pact of a warm plate – it helps food to re­tain its heat, and will also make guests feel like they’re din­ing at a five-star restau­rant. New mod­els can also be used for melt­ing choco­late and prov­ing bread. Try the Bosch BIC630NS1A ‘Serie 8’ warm­ing drawer, $828, Ap­pli­ances On­line.

“When de­sign­ing an en­ter­tainer’s kitchen, the ap­pli­ances al­ways come first” CARMEL WYLIE, IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGNER, GIA BATH­ROOMS & KITCHENS

A large fridge is es­sen­tial and a French-door ver­sion is ideal. “The ex­tra width is per­fect for par­ties, stor­ing over­sized plat­ters and tall bot­tles, all at eye level,” says Aimee Tarulli, who leads the in­te­rior de­sign depart­ment at Mel­bourne’s Archer In­te­ri­ors. If pos­si­ble, add in a sep­a­rate wine fridge to keep your favourite tip­ples at the per­fect drink­ing tem­per­a­ture. THE BIG CHILL

Great il­lu­mi­na­tion is crucial to food prep ar­eas. For a party space, use a mix of gen­eral light­ing and un­der-cabi­net task light­ing that will spot­light the work sur­faces (not the chef), as well as ac­cent light­ing to cre­ate am­bi­ence and at­mos­phere when guests ar­rive. WELL LIT

Easy wipe-and-go sur­faces such as stain­less steel and com­pos­ite stone can be used for both splash­backs and bench­tops, while a fea­ture splash­back, such as this chic cop­per ver­sion, will add colour and in­ter­est to en­sure the space doesn’t end up look­ing too com­mer­cial. SPLASH OUT

Mess is the ab­so­lute bane of an en­ter­tainer, which is where the but­ler’s pantry comes in, hid­ing the worst of the party chaos to be dealt with later. An ideal but­ler’s pantry will in­clude ex­tra stor­age, a large sink and plenty of bench space for prep work. HID­DEN HELP

DOU­BLING UP A sec­ond oven is in­cred­i­bly handy for en­ter­tain­ing, giv­ing you max­i­mum con­trol over your cook­ing op­tions and more time for guests. Con­sider mak­ing the sec­ond model a combi-steam oven for flex­i­bil­ity, like in this GIA-de­signed space.

FIN­ISH­ING TOUCH Small de­tails can make or break an en­ter­tainer’s kitchen, right down to the cabi­net han­dles, so choose some­thing sleek, wi­peable and easy to grab, but that won’t catch you as you steam past with a tray of food.

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