An Iron Chef’s Farm Kitchen Gets Some Kick, Via Houzz.com
Pro appliances and improved accessibility prove the right recipe for a kitchen that now multitasks with ease!
At Luna Farm in Pennsylvania, Iron Chef Jose Garces had the whole organic farming thing down. The 40-acre property supplies Garces’ East Coast restaurants with organic ingredients, but Garces wasn’t able to cook at the scale he wanted to in its 1970s kitchen.
Starting with adding gas to the kitchen for restaurant-quality appliances, Kubiak made the most of the space via the layout and warmed it with beautiful natural materials.
Photography of Luna Farm kitchen by Jason Varney
The ceilings are low, so a pot rack would have been oppressive; instead the pots and pans are neatly stacked and accessible on the island shelf. The farm’s bounty is also visually accessible, thanks to the clear door on the refrigerator, which “is crucial, because it allows me to monitor how much food is available in the kitchen at all times,” Garces says.
The island is on wheels so it can be moved wherever needed. Its countertop is made of wood reclaimed from an extra table from one of Garces’ restaurants, Tinto.
The farm and kitchen also serve a cause close to the chef’s heart: The Garces Foundation, which “approaches food as a means of educating underserved kids about how and why we eat what we do, and how to properly nourish their bodies in order to keep up with their growing minds,” Garces says. “We invite groups of urban children out to the farm to tour the property and prepare and share a meal together, which allows them to get close to their food in a way that is often totally new to them. Bringing them here and sharing this place with them is a real joy for me, and I hope a lasting lesson for them.”
The hardware is finished brass, while the backsplash is unlacquered. It will develop a patina over time; water splashes will only help enhance its look.
Tip: For brass on a backsplash, Kubiak recommends using a thick gauge so it won’t show wrinkles.
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Garces and his children love to cook together. His daughter, Olivia, is a burgeoning baker, and his son, Andres, just likes to be a part of the action in the kitchen. “Some of my earliest and most treasured memories of my childhood took place in the kitchen with my mother and paternal grandmother, and I hope my kids will look back on these times with a similar sense of happiness and contentment,” the chef says. “Nothing compares to picking our own food and then preparing it together.”