His name is plastered on 20 fine-dining restaurants, as well as catering services, canned and frozen foods, and cookbooks, and yet he still finds time for television appearances and to serve as the official caterer of the Academy Awards Governors Ball. But when Wolfgang Puck takes a break, he comes home to marble countertops, built-in wine racks, and glass-fronted drawers that house raw coffee beans from his mother-in-law's home country of Ethiopia.
In the East Hampton, N.Y., home he shares with actress Stephanie March, Bobby Flay has two kitchens, one indoor, one outdoor. The backyard kitchen is equipped with a wood-burning stove, and no expense was spared when outfitting its indoor counterpart. According to Elle Decor, Flay's kitchen contains "a commercial 10-burner stove, two ovens, a fryer, a griddle, and a salamander, along with seating that includes two café tables and a farm table."
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For 45 years on television, Julia Child shared her cooking, her passions, and philosophies from her home kitchen in Massachusetts before finally sharing the kitchen itself with the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in 2001. Objects from this famous backdrop include a salad spinner (she is credited with introducing this convenient item to the American public), copper pots, pegboard storage, and the enamel saucepan she purchased in Paris while attending the Cordon Bleu cooking school in the 1940s.
Ina Garten's kitchen is chock-full of surprises that anyone, chef or not, would adore. Next to the island sits a large basket (intended for firewood) that Garten uses to store cutting boards and the like. On the counter, along with fresh fruits and vegetables, there are table lamps, which Garten prefers to overhead lights. Appliances are hidden away behind cabinet doors. The Barefoot Contessa is one forward-thinking chef.
His establishments range from Beijing to Toronto, but when Daniel Boulud comes home to roost, he's in his apartment directly above Daniel, his eponymous New York City flagship restaurant that holds three Michelin stars. According to the world-famous French restaurateur's new book, Daniel: My French Cuisine , his kitchen boasts high-end German-manufactured appliances from Gaggenau.
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Alice Waters is perhaps as well known for her activism as she is for Chez Panisse, her Berkeley restaurant famous for using locally sourced organic ingredients. In a 2008 renovation, Waters tore down a few 100-year-old walls to open up the space to include a wood-burning oven, large worktable, and windows.
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Mark Bittman is not actually a celebrity chef, but as a food journalist, author, and columnist for The New York Times, he certainly knows his way around a menu. His New York "bad kitchen" made headlines in 2008 for its shockingly small footprint, although the turkey looked delicious all the same, proving once and for all that it's not the size of the kitchen that counts, it's how you use it.
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Famed Italian-born chef Giada De Laurentiis has plenty of room to work in the sleek kitchen of her Southern California home, which incorporates cabinetry by Italian megabrand Poliform, Viking appliances, a Kohler faucet and sink, and even a television (by Sharp).
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