Chef Joaquim Splichal's home kitchen

The layout calls for most of the action in one corner. Within a few square feet, Splichal can access a small trough sink for washing produce, his built-in butcher block, the stove, the refrigerator and the pantry. The chef can grab fresh vegetables from the refrigerator, give them a quick rinse, chop them up and drop them into a sauté pan. The chrome and black leather island bar stools are from Design Within Reach. Splichal says the kids have plenty of room to spread out their homework on the island or on the counter on the opposite side of the room.
Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times
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