Chef’s kitchen – how to design a kitchen for serious home cooks

We’re a nation of budding chefs. But does your kitchen design match your culinary aspirations? Here at Roundhouse, we can help create the bespoke kitchen of your dreams – whether you’re a keen home cook or serious chef. We adore designing luxury contemporary kitchens that are gorgeous, timeless and hardworking. From layout to luxe appliances such as Gaggenau and Sub Zero & Wolf, read on for our top chef-worthy tips and tricks for bespoke designer kitchens.

Go for a galley layout

Gourmet cooks love a double galley layout. These long and narrow bespoke kitchens are made up of two rows of units facing each other, creating a super-efficient cook space with everything to hand. Simple and practical, galley bespoke kitchens max out a compact footprint with easy access between worktops, storage zones and appliances. They are also a great way to organise larger kitchens. Adding a bespoke kitchen island into a luxury big kitchen design will form one side of the galley and set up good work flow for the chef.

Ensure good prep space

Cooks need plenty of preparation space. Make sure latest kitchen designs include uninterrupted worksurfaces to spread out ingredients and cut, chop and prepare food. Avoid worktop materials that might easily scratch or stain. Stainless steel is hardwearing and hygienic and a top choice for restaurant chefs – a metal kitchen island will look super cool and industrial too. Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with tough kitchen work surfaces such as man-made composites and quartz.

Look at storage

Well-planned storage space is vital for every chef’s kitchen design. The dream is a walk-in larder room with space to stock up on dried ingredients and fresh produce. Organise with kitchen larder ideas like easy-to-view glass storage caddies, cool slate floors and good lighting. If you can’t fit in a dedicated larder, a kitchen pantry cabinet is another Roundhouse storage hero. These bespoke cabinets can be tailored to fit in spice racks, a cold marble shelf, plug sockets for small appliances and willow bread crocks. Choose from tall, narrow pantries or a huge freestanding kitchen cupboard organiser. Serious storage heaven…

Splash out on top notch appliances

Go for the best appliances your budget will allow. Upmarket kitchen designs might want to splash out on a fancy sous vide, a steam oven or a boiling water tap. But look at how you cook in your bespoke kitchen and how many people are planning to use it. Busy chefs might want two good quality ovens (with warming drawers) to experiment with recipes and cook for big numbers. Install at eye level for a more ergonomic luxury kitchen room. Pair with a large, flexible cook top with a mix and match of gas burners, induction zones and added extras like a teppanyaki. Finish with a spacious, double door fridge and roomy sink.

What is a chef’s kitchen at home?

It’s everything that beautiful bespoke kitchens have, but just a little more. Think high-end appliances and a precise layout for good flow between the main kitchen functions. A modern kitchen island is also a popular choice for bumping up storage and preparation space. Other signature essentials include multiple ovens, deep sinks and stainless steel surfaces.

Our expert kitchen designers can help you make the best choices for your Roundhouse bespoke kitchen, furniture or wardrobes. Visit any of our seven Roundhouse showroomsWigmore St, ClaphamFulhamRichmondCambridgeGuildford Cheltenham and get planning!