John Torode's Kitchen
Once upon a time, a famous chef walked through the door of our London showroom, in search of a kitchen for his new home. Six months later we spent a wonderful morning with John and Lisa in their deVOL Shaker Kitchen.
Photoshoots are always fun and exciting; we always come back to Cotes Mill with lots of lovely images to inspire us and our customers. This shoot however, was a bit more exciting and a bit different. The day before the shoot we took a trip to the fabulous Borough Market in London. This old market under the arches near London Bridge has become the place buy great food and ingredients. Laden with heirloom tomatoes, chanterelle mushrooms, beautiful white duck eggs, fresh season garlic, a bunch of parsley, some dry cure bacon and artisan sourdough bread, we arrived at John and Lisa's home, hoping they would cook us up a little brunch. What a treat, they said yes and the morning was spent snapping and chatting away while this lovely couple worked in complete harmony with each other.
They have not lived in their house for long, it's their first home together, but you would never believe it; the kitchen is full of kitchenalia and a wonderful mix of old and new things, all with a story. Their deVOL Classic prep table was groaning with the weight of two cooks pots and pans. I did spot the trophy that Lisa won for coming first in Celebrity MasterChef, which you may remember from a few years back, it was tucked up in the corner of the pantry! Lisa is a very well respected actress but now prefers to spend her time cooking and writing cookery books, fate definitely brought these two together.
It's good for the soul to meet such lovely people, who have made a perfect family home; after all, there is nothing quite like just being in the kitchen in your own home with the smell of dinner and familiarity. You have to make that work, it doesn't just happen, they have done it with real style too; art collections and good taste make it a really cool home. Thank you John and Lisa for such a lovely morning spent in your company and for choosing to have one of our Shaker Kitchens, what a great recommendation for us and our customers.