What is the Kitchen Revolution All About?

Meet The Next Generation Kitchen

Kitchens have changed over the years but many of the basics have not – you need space for preparation, a means for cooking, and storage space for food and cooking utensils. In fact, we may not question the iconic work triangle layout when considering remodeling, opting instead to focus on beautiful finishes.

But the fact is, we are asking more and more of our kitchens, especially in the past few years during which one poll revealed that over half (54%) of Americans reported cooking more and 46% said they were baking more. And this same survey cited several reasons this trend will continue, including saving money, healthier eating, food exploration, and the satisfaction many get from preparing their own food.

Because of our increased reliance on the home kitchen, we are asking more and more of this household workhorse, often looking to commercial kitchens and professional chefs for inspiration. At Lee Kimball, we are always on the lookout for thoughtful new ideas that tick the boxes of design, functionality and style. Is it possible to make our kitchens work and entertain even better? Based on our research and our experience from close partner and vendor relationships, we can confidently say the answer is a resounding “yes.”

Galley Kitchen WorkstationTake the Galley Workstation, a true innovation in kitchen design. It’s a workstation that can be configured in hundreds of different ways to meet your specific food preparation and entertaining needs. Imagine a single space that allows you to prepare, cook, and entertain almost seamlessly. Essentially the Galley Workstation is designed around a central commercial-grade sink area, incorporating various inserts and boards to quickly transition from one task to the next. It is not only an economical use of space, it cuts down significantly on prep and cleaning time, while neatly confining the mess to a central area rather than having it dominate every square inch of counter space.

Another more recent innovation we’re fans of is the convection steam oven. It’s a game changer for the next generation home kitchen. If you haven’t heard of the convection steam oven, it is an appliance that uses steam, convection, or a combination of the two methods to cook food. Steam on its own has many advantages including quicker cooking, moisture retention, and less burning. By using a convection steam oven, not only temperature, but airflow and moisture can be regulated while reducing the need for added oils or fats. Even leftovers taste freshly prepared! Having the option of using steam, convection, or a combination gives cooks great versatility to customize their cooking environment to yield optimum flavor, appearance, and quality.

Intrigued? We’re sharing more about the future of kitchen design in our Reading, MA design studio on Thursday, September 21, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm in an event with Northshore Home Magazine and the Clarke culinary team. Enjoy a special chef’s presentation, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and fabulous prizes. The event is free, but space is limited so you need to register to reserve your spot. We look forward to seeing you there!