We all love to see how great cooks work at home, and Stuff has featured several of these over the years. This week we bring you some of the most appealing chef kitchens, and we have included one kitchen from a small cooking school, which has plenty of inspirational features.
There’s also a kitchen inspired by the kitchen of one of New Zealand’s leading chefs, Josh Emett. It is owned by a couple who are both serious cooks, and “not short of a gadget or ten”.
MasterChef NZ judge Michael P Dearth whips up a storm
Michael P. Dearth doesn’t call himself a chef, but he owns two of Auckland’s best restaurants, The Grove and Baduzzi. He’s a whizz in the kitchen, and he does a mean barbecue.
His kitchen in the family’s former state house in Point Chevalier, Auckland is within an addition designed by architect Matt Wilson.
“The kitchen is perfect,” Dearth says. “The marble island benchtop was a great find – it took a while, but we finally found the slab at Italian Stone. It literally called us, and it’s been hammered.
“I do love cooking for the family and friends. My mother and father are both amazing cooks – we were a big family who sat around the table laughing, and we always had great, great food.”
While the extra-large island is the hero of the kitchen, Dearth has a large pantry, where pride of place goes to his Berkel meat slicer. “It’s great to slice ribbons of pork loin,