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Kitchen memories

The kitchen is the hub of the home and according to singer/songwriter MIKA it is a place where memories are made. Speaking on the BBC’s One Show recently, MIKA reminisced with top chef Michele Roux Jr about happy times in the kitchen with his family.

Most of us can recall pivotal moments in our lives that happened in our family kitchens - as young children home baking and making a huge mess, birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations, Sunday lunches and family gatherings.

The kitchen is the special place where treasured memories are created.  It is also a place where our family history is demonstrated through the kind of food we eat. MIKA mentioned a mix of Lebanese, British and French food cooked in his family’s respective homes in different locations.

Nigel Slater’s new TV programme “Eating Together’ also touches on the link between our cultures, family history and the food we eat, in particular the special signature dishes that each family enjoys, remembers and passes on to future generations. Each episode of the series is recorded in the kitchens of families from different cultures - Brazil, India, Japan, and Italy. Whatever the culture the sense of family and the importance of the kitchen comes across very clearly.

Plus it has also given the viewers the opportunity to see other people’s kitchens!

Creating kitchen living spaces that combine comfort, intimacy and are not only a joy to work in but also to relax in, eat and spend time with family and friends, are all primary considerations when our designer team of Mark and son Jacob start to plan each new kitchen project.  Their first focus is to find out how each client wants to use the space.  They listen carefully to their needs, what they want to achieve and how they want to live, work and relax in that space.  Mark and Jacob understand that a kitchen is not just about the furniture and appliances, it is about creating that special hub of the home where memories are made.

Nigel Slater’s “Eating together” is on Fridays, 8:30am, BBC One or iPlayer.

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