A Social Kitchen for an Avid Cook
Terry Smith’s dream kitchen is designed to be a highly functional cooking center, as well as space that can maximize mingling during parties. “I think that food and food prep is art,” said Smith. “When I’m entertaining, I like to be part of the party.”
Smith describes himself as an “avid cook,” and worked in commercial kitchens during high school and college. At one point, thought his career would be more about dicing than designing. “I have a background in restaurants,” says Smith. “I wanted to be a chef when I was younger.”
His contemporary kitchen features zone design, a kitchen layout that groups appliances, storage and work space by task. For example: one area for food prep, one for baking, and a third for cooking and other kitchen tasks. Smith’s kitchen features two islands: One for cooking, which features a 36-inch Jenn-Air cooktop in black floating glass, and a second for food prep that has a Chroma quartz countertop and a trough sink. Smith chose the trough sink instead of a standard sink because its size, combined with its countertop placement, would allow him to access it from either side of the island. The counter surface to the right of the side-by-side wall ovens is the kitchen’s baking zone, while the raised countertop to the right of the primary sink provides room for cleaning cookware and tools.
Smith’s dream kitchen is set in San Diego, where he lives. Unlike his current setup, this kitchen makes entertaining easy, as he designed an open-plan room that transitions easily from cooking space to gathering space. The overall aesthetic of Smith’s space is warm contemporary. “[Contemporary] is my personal preference,” he said. “Very clean lines…the finishes are wood; warm tones.” He chose wenge veneer cabinets and maple flooring with a dark stain. Still, there are design elements that skew closer to a pure modern style, like glossy white cabinets for the perimeter cabinets, as well as etched glass cabinet inserts with a stainless steel frame on the cabinetry unit against the wall. The combination of warm contemporary styling with a dash of modernity creates an alluring recipe for kitchen design.
Designer Terry Smith
Terry Smith, CKD, CBD, CID, has been around construction sites and kitchens for most of his life. As the son of a contractor he was no stranger to hardhats and blueprints. He also worked in commercial kitchens during high school and college, so it’s no surprise that he considered being an architect or a chef. But then he found a career that fused all his interests: designing kitchens.
Smith lives in San Diego, where he designs kitchens, baths and cabinetry, and serves as the President of the San Diego chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). And even though he’s no longer working in commercial kitchens, he still is passionate about cooking and enjoys cooking Italian cuisine.
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