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Jan 11, 2011 02:39 AM

The tiny NYC kitchens of some real NYC chefs

Article in the NYTimes this morning including the kitchens of Jahangir Mehta ("Next Iron Chef") and Anita Lo ("Top Chef Masters"). Apparently they don't have "chef's kitchens" or anything like it-

Even for Chefs, Home Kitchen Can Be Tight Fit

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  1. Well, I mean, they live in NYC...and most chefs aren't exactly raking in the dough unless they have that "celebrity chef" status and can make money outside of the kitchen. And even then, they're not exactly raking in the money like other celebrities in other fields, or Wall Street bankers and top lawyers.

    And looking at the photos in the article, those kitchens are freakin' HUGE for 1.) anywhere in NYC and 2.) any reasonable person! I would do many, many illegal and morally objectionable things to have anything close to the two kitchens pictured! Mine is probably half the size of Jehangir Mehta's, and with far inferior equipment.

    This just further proves my belief that the NY Times is just totally ridiculous (and I'm as liberal as they come).

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    1. re: yfunk3

      Darling, I first realized the NY Times was ridiculous back around 1996 when I noticed they were declaring $250 hotel rooms in their travel section a "bargain."

      1. re: Roland Parker

        If you think the TImes is ridiculous, try the Wall Street Journal !

        1. re: Roland Parker

          .Before I opened the link, I had imagined that the chef's' kitchens resembled the one I had when I lived in Manhattan. Honestly, only one person could fit in the counter space--and the space I DID have, I had to share with roaches!

          I'm an extremely liberal person, but the NY Times just gets more and more elitist and pretentious with every issue.

        2. re: yfunk3

          I looked at the article before I started to read the replies to the OP and I was going to say more or less the same thing. Those kitchens sure didn't look that small to me.

        3. Jehangir has enough counter space to seat two toddlers and still cook! That is not small. I live in a reasonably large one bedroom apartment (800 sq ft), not in NYC. My kitchen has enough counter space for a microwave, a toaster, and a cutting board.

          My parents have a "chefs kitchen" and I hate cooking in it. It's just too big. I like being able to move quickly from fridge to counter to stove. I've long preferred galley kitchens, and if my current kitchen had just a few more feet of counter space (and upgraded appliances) it would be perfect.

          A while back, the Times ran a piece on Mark Bittman's kitchen. It did a much better job of depicting a serious cook who could easily make do without the bells and whistles.

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          1. re: mpjmph

            That article on Mark Bittman's kitchen was real to us New Yorkers. The article today was just silly. The whole Wednesday food section is getting smaller and smaller and less and less relevant. Used to be my favorite section of the paper and I barely scan it any more.

            1. re: JoanN

              yes, yes, yes, and everything you just said! (though this article actually appeared in the Metro/NY section, not Dining.)

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                I agree with Joan too. I know this article didn't appear in the Dining section, but I feel the same way. And here I thought it was just me.

          2. Need definition of a tiny kitchen. I wish I had one of them, these are way larger than my kitchen

            1. i think both of those look like kitchens i would enjoy having, even here in Ft Lauderdale where space isnt a huge issue!

              1. They look small to me...but I live out west...we like our space!