While we might focus on the kitchens of home cooks most of the time, we're not immune to the joy of peeking behind the scenes of some of our favorite chefs as well.
Yes, some of the big names have enviable, modern kitchens — specially designed to suit their every cooking need — but many chefs are dealing with cramped cupboards and never enough counter space, just like the rest of us.
Here's a look at 10 of our favorite chefs' kitchens.
- Anne Gentry's Vegan Kitchen: The hanging pots and island cart make the kitchen of Anne Gentry, chef and owner of Real Food Daily in Los Angeles, a perfect example of space-saving design. See the full tour.
- Ina Garten's Barn Kitchen: No, it's not really in a barn, but that's how the Barefoot Contessa herself refers to her spacious, well-appointed kitchen. See the full tour.
- Pierre Hermé's Paris Kitchen: This might be the most minimalist chef's kitchen we've seen. Leave it to a Parisian pastry chef to have such a simple style at home. See the full tour.
- Nancy Silverton's Vintage Decorated Kitchen: The La Brea Bakery founder has a welcoming kitchen with an eclectic style. In addition to the beautiful wood-topped island, you'll notice the space is filled with vintage kitchen goods, like rolling pins, candy molds, and egg beaters. See the full tour.
- Michelle Marek's Delightfully Packed Kitchen: The Quebec chef at Foodlab doesn't mess around when it comes to her kitchen. It's packed with all the essentials, including an extensive music collection and a host of wine bottles from memorable nights. See the full tour.
- Giada De Laurentiis's Sleek Modern Kitchen: We would expect nothing less than a gleaming white kitchen from the Food Network star. The chance to build her dream kitchen is one of the reasons she completely rebuilt her Southern California home. See the full tour.
- Ludo Lefebvre's Rooster-Filled Kitchen: The chef, known for his pop-up restaurants, keeps busy cooking for his wife and twins. His only lament is that there isn't enough counter space for cooking big meals to entertain. See the full tour.
- Peter Hoffman's Humble Kitchen: Even professional chefs sometimes deal with cramped quarters and less-than-ideal setups in their home kitchens. Peter Hoffman of Back Forty West in New York City makes it work with what he has in his West Village apartment. See the full tour.
- Laurent Tourondel's Country Kitchen: The pride and joy of the BLT owner's country kitchen is his Provence Blue La Cornue range, and we can see why! See the full tour.
- Julia Child's Museum-Worthy Kitchen: How could we leave out the queen of cooking herself? You can visit a re-creation of Julia's kitchen (including that eternally copied pegboard) at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. See the full tour.