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18th Dec 2015

The Perfect Entertaining Space - A Kitchen for Seasonal Festivities.

Christmas is the time of year when there is most pressure on a kitchen. Not just as a catering hub for feeding friends and family over the festive period but also for eating, drinking, chatting and partying! The kitchen is the hub of any home and at this time of year it tends to be the central point for family gatherings and festivities. It occurred to me that Christmas entertaining is the real test for any kitchen. It is the time of year when they see the most use, when people struggle to cook the biggest meal of the year. Fridge capacity, oven capacity, dishwasher capacity, prep space, serving space and waste facilities are all pushed to their limits.

We are not all lucky enough to have the wealth of space offered at this South Bucks kitchen (click here to see more). Acres of marble worktop provide the perfect prep and serving areas. The huge Rangemaster, with 4 ovens, has the capacity to roast, simmer, bake and warm in perfect synchronicity.

The curved outside island edge offers as increased area for guests to perch and rest drinks, with plenty of space all around it to allow guests to chat and mingle without minimising the flow to the dining area beyond. It can also be used to layout platters and trays of glasses.

A powerful extractor is also vital when all cookers are firing and a glass of champagne may mean the chef momentarily has his or her eye off the turkey! Elica’s range of extractors ensure maximum extraction and offer many innovative styles - so there is something to suit everyone. They also provide excellent advice on extraction rates required, potential noise levels and external motors.

The Kitchen design phase of any new kitchen must take into account, not just day to day demands on the space, but also the occasional maximum capacity demands required from each element of the design - from storage, to cooking, to serving, to the big clear up. Even a small space, if cleverly designed can maximise its capacity and perform beautifully on the big day.

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