“When you talk to chefs who cook at a certain level, all of a sudden the kitchen becomes sort of a trophy kitchen,” says Nancy Silverton, cookbook author, chef, restaurant owner and founder of the venerable La Brea Bakery in Los Angeles.
Silverton’s kitchen features a Dacor cooktop with sliding drawers for pots and pans, and an array of rolling pins from her father’s farm mounted on the wall.
Silverton’s outdoor wood-fired grill is her favorite cooking spot. Her patio is lined with a staging area for buffet-style entertaining.
A staging area for buffet-style entertaining runs along
David Lentz and Suzanne Goin, who live off a posh stretch of Outpost Drive in the Hollywood Hills, reveal kitchens that are functional and lived in, with an air of unpretentious elegance.
The kitchen in the Lentz/Goin hacienda styled home, originally built by John Barrymore, leads to a brick courtyard where the couple often entertains.
A former butler’s quarters has been converted into a breakfast nook, where the kids might feast on Goin’s French toast. The room also features a double convection oven and a super-sized Sub-Zero freezer.