Star Kitchen: Sunny Anderson
Photo By: David A. Land
Sunny Anderson's Kitchen
When Sunny Anderson was shopping for a new place to live in Brooklyn, her list of demands was short. "I didn't care if the sink leaked or if the water pressure was bad," she says. "I just needed a place for my range." She had just bought a 48-inch Wolf (the one she uses on her show Cooking for Real), but every kitchen she saw would have required a major renovation to squeeze it in. Then she found a three-story house with an open kitchen. The minute she laid eyes on the tiled hearth — just the right size for her range — Sunny knew she was home.
"I could have 10,000 square feet of counter space and it would still not be enough," Sunny says. This mobile island helps. She added tiles to the sides to match the original tiles under the range.
Sunny collects mortars and pestles because she loves the way they look, but she also uses them as entertainment during a dinner party: She'll crush garlic or grind a quick pesto in front of guests. "I like to give people a show," she says.
Sunny calls this her "I love me wall." The fleurs-de-lis remind her of the time she lived in New Orleans, where she started falling in love with food.
Sunny keeps meaningful pieces that she has collected over the years in this built-in cabinet to protect them from herself. "I break everything," she says. Her favorites include a souvenir plate from Germany and a glass pitcher that was a gift from Food Network.