Access to essentials is key for a smooth running kitchen - and that doesn’t just mean having oils and salts near the stove for cooking. Nerine recommends installing your spice rack and knife block in a drawer adjacent to the prep area to keep your space tidy.
Any food prep requires plenty of handwashing, so a soap dispenser and plenty of freshly laundered towels (we’re big fans of a built-in sliding towel rack). We’d recommend a hand wash with 60-80% alcohol to make sure it’s truly effective.
Slim, integrated chopping block units, plate racks and open racks are all useful design solutions for busy cooks who need equipment close to hand, but cumbersome items like extra large roasting tins and deep saucepans might need to be extracted from their usual place at the back of a cupboard ahead of the big day. We’ve all spent hours rooting around in cupboards trying to find that elusive, extra deep roasting tin!