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Preceding pages: Coffee colours and natural woodgrains bring an inviting, warm look to this new kitchen. Designer Toni Roberts of Kitchen Architecture says the kitchen, which was designed for a couple who own cafés, features three separate work zones – the main food preparation area, a drinks area on the right, and a baking zone on the rear wall. Above: A warm brown stain on the oak bar top highlights the grain. The suspended shelf is dark-stained oak. Modern cooking can provide a real sense of theatre, especially if the chef is a professional. But even for amateur cooks, the kitchen has become a focal point for entertaining. This new kitchen was designed for Tracey and Dave Bartlett, who run a highly successful café and catering business, and not surprisingly, it had to meet the needs of the professional chefs in the family. Toni Roberts of Kitchen Architecture was commissioned to remodel the kitchen, to make it larger and better equipped. “The family love to entertain, but they also use their kitchen for food testing and baking,” search | save | share at Roberts says. “They required a main work area that would allow Dave to cook facing outwards, so he could talk to guests. There also needed to be bench space to plate up for 10 or more people. And they required a separate baking area and a drinks zone.” Roberts configured a 1.5m extension to the house to accommodate these elements, collaborating with the architectural draftsperson to ensure the design met council requirements. “We needed to angle the ceiling at the end of the kitchen, but this is largely concealed by the bank of full-height cabinetry.”