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Behind the Kitchen Door: Gale Gand’s Kitchen Has Space for All

Robyn Doyon-Aitken; text, floor plan, and photos by Charles Miller, except where noted
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Text by Charles Miller

When Gale Gand bought her Chicago-area home 16 years ago, the kitchen floor was covered with indoor/outdoor carpet (you bet we’ve got a “before” shot of that!). These days, the carpet is long gone, and Gale, an award-winning pastry chef, partner in the acclaimed Chicago restaurant Tru, and cookbook author (her latest is Gale Gand’s Lunch!), has transformed her kitchen into a purposefully kid-friendly workplace with Arts and Crafts details and modern appliances. Gale wanted to include her children in her home cooking, so the space was renovated to give everyone in her family-Gale, husband Jimmy, son Gio, and twin daughters Ruby and Ella-room to cook without getting in each other’s way.

In this audio slideshow, Gale describes some of her favorite parts of the kitchen: the butcher block that used to be part of Chicago’s iconic Pump Room, the Viking range that can fit full-size restaurant sheet pans, the 33-inch tall peninsula (cooks on the shorter side, take note), her 10-year-old still-shiny pots and pans by All-Clad, and the high selves that hold her collections of vintage tins, juicers, and little toy stoves.

Also in this slideshow: An Easter egg. Can you spot the James Beard award?

Giveaway: Visit the giveaway post and leave a comment for your chance to win an All-Clad 3-Quart Saucepan with Lid.

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  • user-3004670 | 05/22/2014

    My favorite memory of Gale Gand was her Brasserie T restaurant/Vanilla Bean Bakery on Happ Rd in Northfield. Still use the Brasserie T cookbook she authored with Rick Tramonto.

  • user-3302510 | 04/03/2014

    I love Gale Gand and have her old TV shows on DVR. That kitchen is really tops. I love the cookbooks on the end of the table also. Neat idea there too. I miss her show "SWEET DREAMS" so much. I learned many pastry recipes from her and loved her quips and guests along the way. One of my favorite shows was with Pascal Rigo of "the American Boulangerie" I still make canneles de Bordeaux from that episode! Thanks to Ms Gale for inspiring me to always do what I loved even when it took a long time to get there. Thank you for a great article!

  • oakee | 03/24/2014

    Thanks for the tour of your lovely kitchen. Would love to win an All Clad saucepan.

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