Ron Smoire Leads DOD Workshop


Mary Sue Milliken with moderator Ron Smoire

About the panel:

The Chef’s perspective fits beautifully into the idea of a well-functioning Contemporary Kitchen Design. A home cook’s view of the kitchen puts a priority on function but the aesthetics are also very important. This can create a challenge for the kitchen design professional when function comes first and aesthetics follow.

Some of the questions that will be addressed in the workshop: Is the kitchen triangle still important and relevant to today’s functioning kitchen? Is the use of commercial equipment in a residential setting necessary in these new high functioning kitchens in 2018? What appliances are necessary and which are really for show? And most importantly-What are the best practices needed for the kitchen of 2018 and beyond?

Top panel takeaways:

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1. Kitchens expanding and serving as entertainment hub

Ron’s Take:

Kitchens have evolved to communal gathering spaces that serve as the entertainment hub of the home.  As a result, it is more important than ever that the kitchen is functional and that the materials and equipment used make sense for how the kitchen will be used.


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2.  Commerical Equipment in Residential Kitchens?

Ron’s Take:

1. Pilot Lights always on

2. Requires additional wall insulation and fire suppression systems

3. Increased CFM hood ventilation

4. Could require professional chef to operate

5. Heavy duty pots and pans required

6. Equipment warrantee and servicing in residential kitchens
maybe limited


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