Upgrade Your Kitchen to Cook Like a Professional Chef

Cooking like a chef at home requires talent and practice. But there’s no doubt about it – having the right culinary tools, appliances and prep space is essential, too. To upgrade your kitchen so that you can cook like a chef, consider the following:

Prep Like a Pro

Save time and energy and get a cleaner cut by maintaining your knives. Properly clean, dry and store knives directly after use and regularly sharpen them. Whether that’s on a magnetic strip on the wall or an indrawer organizer, the best options will allow you to see all your knives at once so you can reach for the correct one. Precision slicing? You may also wish to invest in a mandoline.

Bake a lot? Consider ditching the measuring cups by using a digital scale instead. You’ll get faster, more accurate results. And the bonus of less to clean-up.

Cook Like a Pro

When it comes to ensuring that there are no limits to what you can do in the kitchen, it’s all about having topnotch appliances. Check out the Pro Series Collection of free-standing ranges from ILVE. Known for their handcrafted Italian appliances, the new series offers chef quality features such as a removable griddle, high BTU brass burners and a built-in warm drawer to keep cooked food at an ideal temperature for serving. Available in a 36-inch single or unique double oven configuration as well as 40-inch and 48-inch sizes with double ovens, the electric ovens feature multi-function cooking options and included rotisserie accessory.

The Pro Series is equipped with features that professional chefs dream of at a price point that the home culinarian can afford. Offered in stainless steel and matte graphite colors, you can get a professional style cooking experience while maintaining the sleek design of your kitchen.

Move Like a Pro

Do an audit of your current cooking habits, bearing in mind the layout of your kitchen and the organization of goto ingredients. Are you expending time and energy walking all the way around the kitchen island just to get to the fridge? Are you spending too much time poking around for a particular spice or oil? The optimal flow in your kitchen space will allow for more intuitive food preparation and help you stay light on your feet.

Want to cook like a professional? Update your kitchen accordingly. A few upgrades can help you become a better chef.


Over the course of 4 years, Alison Green and the team at Jackson Design and Remodeling worked tirelessly on a custom home project for their clients in a quaint town near San Diego. The venture, affectionately named “Colorful Originality,” required the team to build a home from nearly the ground up while still preserving the historically protected features of the property.

“We met the clients in mid-2014, designed the entire home over the course of a couple months, and submitted drawings to the city,” Alison told us. However, after waiting months to hear back from the city, it was revealed that the home was designated historical. “In this case,” Green explained, “our original design did not work as we were proposing to tear down most of the house and start from scratch.” Green and her team went back to the drawing board to redesign, keeping the current walls and windows intact.

4 years later, Green’s clients have the home – and kitchen – of their dreams. The kitchen features beautiful mosaic floor patterns, striking wood cabinetry, and an ILVE Majestic 48” Dual Fuel Range in stainless steel with brass trim and decorative scroll feet.

“Each room of the home has unique elements it’s hard to categorize in one style,” Green told us of her design, “We kept the 1920’s Spanish Revival architecture as much as possible, but of course put a modern spin on the interior.” The eclectic yet traditional style of the home is effortlessly carried into the kitchen with the help of the brass details and scroll feet of the ILVE range.

Brass, Green says, is a very popular trend in interior design, “It can be polished or brushed, but lots of brass accents have been popular in plumbing fixtures, accessories, cabinet hardware, and light fixtures.”

While working on the kitchen design Green explains, “Our clients saw the range in a magazine and really liked the look of it – they weren’t afraid of making bold choices.” Her clients never saw the range in person, but simply knew it was the right choice to complete their home.

“When we first met the clients, they had no kids and four dachshunds,” Green says. Now, along with their dachshunds and dream home, they have two sons. By putting a unique modern spin on traditional Spanish Revival architecture, Green and her team at Jackson Design and Remodeling created the perfect home for these California natives.

Thank you Alison Green for sharing your design story with us!

Verona Range Adds Style and Function to the Heart of This New York Home

In upstate New York, Laura, a high school assistant principal, interior designer and the mastermind behind The Unique Nest blog, drew up a floor plan and built her dream home for her busy family.

While designing the home, Laura directed most of her attention to the kitchen. Knowing that it would be the heart of the home, it was important that the space would allow for everything from cooking, to entertaining and even a spot for her children to do their homework. With all of this in mind, design and functionally was at the top of her “must have list.” That’s where Verona Appliances came in.

While sourcing her products, Laura came across Verona Appliances. The 36″ single oven range instantly became the centerpiece of the design.

“I honestly love the look,” explains Laura, “It’s sleek, modern, and really compliments everything else we have selected.”

While working on her own kitchen, Laura recognized that designers and consumers alike are putting more and more effort into the significance that appliances have on kitchen designs.

The kitchen truly is the heart of the home and the appliances operate that heart – making it really important to select the right pieces. Verona has allowed us the form and function we were looking for in a range,” she said. “The look is aesthetically pleasing and the function is fantastic. I love the counter depth dimensions and the wide oven. The price range also worked better for us than competing brands.

Along with style and functionality, it was important that every aspect of her design would stand the test of time. “We opted for a white shaker cabinet which is timeless, and a soapstone counter top.” In order to accommodate her desire for a passive solar design, the kitchen consistent of mainly base cabinets with multiple windows allowing for an abundance of natural light.

Thank you Laura for sharing your Verona kitchen with us! Be sure to check out Laura on Instagram and on The Unique Nest.

Top Cooking Tips from Around The World

Looking for some fresh new ways to spice up your cooking? Whether you’re looking too add in a healthy alternative or just need some general cooking advice we have the scoop for you. Check out our tips and tricks from our customers, top chefs and celebrities all over the world that will help kick your cooking up a notch.

Keep Tasting It!

“While it seems like such an obvious trick, my mom would always tell me to make sure to try my food to ensure it tastes good. As a chef, it is important to taste everything all the time at every stage of the cooking process.” – Lean Cohen on today.com

Don’t Cry Over Onions

“Put onions in ice water for 10 minutes before cutting them; this prevents them from causing your eyes to water.” – Angel Leon on Style Caster

Be Adventurous 

“Don’t be afraid to swap and substitute—have fun in the kitchen! Experiment and share! Make it a fun adventure.” – Lyza Joe on Verona Appliances Facebook

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with a Healthy Twist

“To make your desserts healthier, replace ¾ of the cream that the recipe outlines with whisked egg whites (which you will delicately blend with the remaining amount of cream). It will make your desserts light, airy and exquisite.” – Michael Guerard on Vougue.com

Keep the Skin On Your Potatoes

“The secret behind making a great mash for me personally, is keeping the skins on. The skins protect the potatoes, therefore it doesn’t absorb all that water.” – Gordon Ramsay on Buzzfeed

Use Olive Oil to Prevent Free Radicals

“Use olive oil which is an oil that doesn’t oxidize easily or create free radicals as easily as other oils can.” – Christine Cushing on Setting for Four

Take Your Time

“A lot of people rush their cooking. When they are browning meat for chili I watch them stir it around and around every few seconds. Instead, get your pan hot, add your meat and once it’s covering the bottom of the pan make a small hole to let the moisture out and let it sit until all of the moisture evaporates. Once there is no more, stir it to flip it and let the remaining liquid evaporate. Once all the moisture is gone add the remaining ingredients to the dish. Try it and see the difference – no fat rising to the top if the dish sits and it’ll never has a dry taste because the meat is able to absorb all the flavor. – Chef John Caiola on ILVE USA Instagram

Stack Your Pancakes The Right Way

“Piled high, flapjacks will become soggy, as the stack prevents steam from evaporating. You can solve this problem by warming them in a signal layer on baking sheets. To avoid driving out the pancakes, warm them for no more than half an hour. You could also use a two-burner griddle, which will shorten your overall cooking –and warming-time.” –Martha Stewart on MarthaStewart.com

Layer The Flavors

“Try not to add all of the ingredients at once. It does make a difference. Most raw foods have a significant amount of water apart from the flavor components. By treating each component separately, we are better able to manipulate the individual characteristics of the ingredients.” – Tony Nogales on HuffingtonPost.com

Add a Splash of Olive Oil

“Invest in a bottle of high-quality olive oil. Just a small drizzle can really bring out the flavor of pizza, mozzarella, pasta, fish and meat.” – Nancy Silverton on Buzzfeed

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