August 1, 2014 at 1:00 am

The Plumber

3 ways to think like a chef and create a pro kitchen

A sink such as a Kohler Stages sink give a kitchen a pro look and is super useful with the extra workspace it provides. (Kohler / MCT)

Dear Ed: We recently purchased a home that was perfect, except for the kitchen. We plan a complete remodel and, since I love to cook, I want my new kitchen to be more professional. Can you please give me a few tips to so my kitchen looks like a pro chef can cook in it?

Susan, Michigan

Dear Susan: I have worked in many professional kitchens and have been lucky enough to work with some great gourmet chefs across the country. Here are three professional kitchen tips that I can share with you:

1. Install at least two sinks: For residential kitchens, a larger primary kitchen sink and a smaller beverage sink usually works fine. When preparing a complicated meal, a chef can have a few food prep tasks going on at once. Having that second sink can be the difference between success and missing the mark when it comes to preparing a great meal.

2. Accessories, accessories, accessories: Purchase kitchen cabinetry and plumbing fixtures that can be part of a system instead of trying to throw in a bunch of add-ons later. For instance, many professional kitchen sinks offer things like custom-made draining racks, sliding cutting boards and drop-in rinsing baskets as part of the package.

3. Install commercial-grade equipment: Top brand appliances that are built to last is what chefs that Ive spoken with want to see in a gourmet kitchen. Also, stainless steel seems to be the material of choice for most of these professionals. Bottom line: Using bargain basement equipment in professional kitchen can be a recipe for disaster.

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of Ed Del Grandes House Call and the host of TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.comor write eadelg@cs.com.