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Project Iron Chef (2012)

The lofty goal of Project Iron Chef was to deliver a professional level cooking environment with a decidedly non-commercial aesthetic.  The owners, a husband, avid cook, and computer geek, and his artist wife represent the Yin and Yang of the challenge.  He wanted a working kitchen filled with the best tools of the trade, a veritable laboratory for culinary experimentation, and she wanted a visual showcase with an Asian flair. 

Would this end in a harmonious blend of flavors or in the ultimate food fight?  Let the battle begin!

Yin

The functional centerpiece is a custom 10 burner Capital Culinarian range (the same ones used on Iron Chef America)  featuring 23,000 BTu burners in every position and dual gas ovens.  Limited ceiling space and an overhanging second floor necessitated a 66" rear discharge hood from Wolf.

Supplementing the dual gas ovens is a Wolf electric wall oven dedicated to baking.  Countertops are 29" deep so the drawers can accomodate the storage of an abundant selection of professional grade cooking vessels.

A peninsula to the right of the range provides space for plating and houses a chamber vacuum sealer and Sous Vide cooking equipment in a dedicated drawer that allows using the heavy without removing it from the drawer.

Hidden under the extra thick Virginia Mist granite countertops are electrical plugs every six inches allowing small appliances to be used anywhere in the kitchen.

The contents and layout of every drawer was planned to the inch resulting in a finished space that is the epitome of productivity and efficiency.

Allez cuisine!

 

 

Yang

The custom cabinetry is executed in quarter sawn white oak with no upper cabinets above the primary work area, increasing the expansiveness of the space.

To harmonize with the wide line of sight, the grain of the cabinets is horizontal and book matched.

Flooring is wide planked Jatoba, a Brazilian cherry that is extremely hard and up to the demands of a working kitchen.

The pantry area features display cutouts for the owner's collection of Asian and Northwest Indian artwork.

 "I'd be lying if I said it came out just the way we envisioned it. The result is far beyond our imagination and better in ways we didn't know were possible! What is unique about CP/m is that they bring decades of experience turning hopes and dreams into physical spaces. We knew some essentials features and visual styles we wanted, but the most important thing we did was trust CP/m to see beyond our limitations to deliver a kitchen that was better in every way than what we hoped for.  Many of the details were innovated on the spot, much the way a master chef takes the essential elements of the familiar and transforms them into something previously unimagined." - Owners, Project Iron Chef