It’s where your day begins and ends. It’s where you hang out. It’s where the food is cooked. There will never be a day in your life when you won’t have a reason to enter the kitchen. In fact, some of you don’t even need a reason. You find yourself drawn to it. Think of the number of times you just go to the kitchen to open the refrigerator and close it right back, without touching anything inside. With all of that happening in one place, do you think calling the kitchen the heart of your home is an overstatement?
Have you seen how the design of the kitchen has evolved over the years? From being a space behind closed doors, it has come to being an open kitchen; a communal space. This layout helps families spend more quality time together. It lets you keep an eye on your daughter while you cook. It lets your spouse perch herself on the counter and regale you with tales from her office. Your mother can now read her morning newspaper at the breakfast counter while you fix her a cup of tea. Kitchens allow you to feel the proximity of one another.
It’s where the entertaining happens. When people meet, two things happen – food and conversations. And your kitchen allows you to do both in just one place. You no longer slave alone in the kitchen to prepare a three course meal before your friends arrive. Instead, your friends just waltz into your kitchen, share a bottle of wine with you and help you whip up your most exotic recipes. There is no such thing as ‘too many cooks’ in a modern kitchen.
Children are empathetic little creatures. They don’t like to see Mommy burnt out after a hard day at work. They understand that it is more important to help mum do the dishes in the kitchen than save the world by wearing a Superman’s cape. The older siblings even lend a hand with the cooking and setting up the table for dinner. The kitchen is where the children first learn to be of some service.
Almost everybody likes to try their hand at cooking – men and women alike. Wearing the hat of a chef is a matter of pride. Most of you can feed the stomach but only those who hone their culinary skills end up satiating the heart. Your kitchen then becomes your laboratory, your workstation – where you practice and perfect the art of cooking. To your child, you are the best cook in the world. But would you mind Gordon Ramsay saying it too?