Today we’re taking a look at some of our favorite celebrity kitchens, and more than their fame and fortunes, we’re jealous of their sprawling, masterfully designed kitchens. Even though most of these celebrities probably rarely cook in their kitchens themselves, they know the importance of classing up the most important room in a home – the kitchen. From Donald Trump to the White House, we take a look at some of the ritziest kitchens around and tell you what we like about them and what we don’t. Tell us the same in the comments!
If you want to check out some fabulous kitchens that actually get used by people who know what they’re doing, stay tuned for my next installment, “Top Celebrity Chefs’ Kitchens.”
If this is Donald Trump’s kitchen, you’re probably asking yourself why his name isn’t plastered all over it. Maybe the answer is that he put it up for sale last year. Otherwise I’m sure “Trump” would be emblazoned all over the place. I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump put this palace on the market because of all the red tape he had to go through to build this house, and other houses in the area, in the first place.
Trump is suing the city of Rancho Palos Verdes in California for $100 million over these delays, and he’s also suing the city for $10 million for not allowing him to erect a 70-foot American flag on an adjacent golf course that he coincidentally also happens to own. “It really is very ridiculous and un-American,” Trump said on the Colbert Report in May.
But let’s get back to what’s important – this spacious kitchen basking in natural light with a mix of rustic and modern design that’s the hallmark of high-end interior décor that doesn’t overwhelm. All the utensils, pots, and pans are tucked away, providing more space but less convenience. Personally, I like the look of a kitchen that has everything you need for cooking hanging from the walls and ceiling.
One cheap tip we can take away from this is to get rid of those curtains in your kitchen if it’s in an area that get a lot of sunlight. Why waste money on electricity when you can get natural light that’s brighter, more peaceful, and makes spending time in the kitchen a delight?
Another one of Donald Trump’s many kitchens – this one from his Maison l’Amitie house – shares many of the same design features as his kitchen in Rancho Palos Verdes, like expansive countertops and a sleek design that combines traditional and modern styles.
Barack Obama counts as a celebrity, right? He’s no Snooki of Jersey Shore fame, but he is the Commander-in-Chief, which means he dines in one of the most famous kitchens of all time, the White House kitchen.
The White House kitchen is staffed with five full-time chefs who can serve as many as 140 dinner guests and use fruits and vegetables from the new White House garden promoted by Michelle Obama as a way to inspire people to eat local and organic. In this case, our favorite thing about the kitchen is the ingredients – any chef will tell you the secret to creating first-rate cuisine is high-quality fresh ingredients. Every Tuesday and Thursday, the White House invites grade school and high school students for tours of the White House garden on a first come first serve basis. The garden includes kale, savoy cabbage, spinach, blueberries, raspberries, and much more.
But the White House kitchen wasn’t always the clean and well-maintained kitchen it is today. In the 19th century, the White House suffered from rat infestations, plumbing problems, worn-out furniture, and mold, and even burned down in 1812 at the hands of British forces.
White House Kitchen, 1901 (McKinley presidency)
The White House kitchen has come a long way since the McKinley presidency – electric lighting was only introduced a decade earlier, and it would be two more decades until the White House had electric refrigeration.
I know only one celebrity more famous than Barack Obama, and that is Oprah Winfrey, the queen of daytime television. This is one of my personal favorite kitchens because of all the personal touches – you can tell Oprah actually uses this kitchen occasionally.
Natural lighting? Check. Relaxed atmosphere? Check. High-end kitchen appliances? Check. This kitchen in Oprah’s home in Hawaii has it all, including lots of greenery, something that was missing from Trump’s and Obama’s kitchens. One of the cheapest, easiest, and most effective ways to bring new life into your kitchen is to introduce plants.
Oprah Winfrey calls her house “a real, normal house,” and I agree. This kitchen looks like it was designed for comfort and convenience rather than glitz and glamour. Rustic Windsor stools and polka-dotted dinnerware on the kitchen island add a homey feel to this kitchen, and in the end, that’s what we want out of kitchens – a warm, inviting, and personal space in which to enjoy cooking, food, and company.