How do people like actress/singer Mandy Moore end up cooking in our kitchen? CLICK HERE to see her. A decade ago, Larry and I bought a circa-1939 home which had not been updated since the 60s. At the same time, we owned a former Hungarian restaurant that we renovated into offices for my little PR agency, with professional test kitchen for recipe development, product tastings, photo shoots and the like.
At the house, it took about six months to devise blueprints. We are ambitious remodelers and I felt compelled to teach the architect a few important Home Economics standards for kitchen layouts, which he frankly didn’t appreciate. Oh well. We moved to our attached apartment as the house was torn to bits, allowing us to keep a close eye on everything. Contractor didn’t appreciate that much, either.
One plan for the new kitchen was to be able to do photo shoots and filming there because we thought we’d own the house longer than the building. That turned out true; a production company bought the building from us a few years later.
Here, we cook on a Viking range with gas oven; a second electric oven is Thermador. A two-drawer Fisher & Paykel dishwasher was our solution to pug dogs who believe a drop-front dishwasher is a buffet. Thermador warming drawer proved smart, but the pot filler over the stove is just one of those things that’s cool, but not so useful. PS. that Londre sign in the window was just propped there for website photos for my agency. We aren’t that bad.