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?
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