HOME caught up with award-winning chef Ben Bayly to find out how his stellar career in commercial kitchens has influenced the design of his own space
Lessons in kitchen design with award-winning chef Ben Bayly
Stylish, functional and innovative, Ben Bayly’s test kitchen is the ultimate example of the cook being at the heart of kitchen design. “Basically it’s quite simple, everything that annoyed me over the last few years cooking in a commercial environment I’ve tried to fix here,” he says.
HOME recently visited the award-winning executive chef, best known for his top Auckland restaurants The Grove and Baduzzi as well as a judging stint on My Kitchen Rules, to talk about the elements of great kitchen design.
Bayly’s passion for cooking and versatile design is the driving force behind his kitchen. Whether he’s testing new recipes, cooking for many or filming and shooting, Bayly’s kitchen is a hub for people to gather. He demonstrates how every feature from layout to storage and appliances have been carefully considered saying, “I wanted everything to be practical…I like a space that’s comfortable to work in.”
From working in commercial spaces to his grandparents’ home, Bayly discusses what’s inspired him and how he’s incorporated these influences into the design of his kitchen. Watch to find out more.