Star Kitchen: Brooke Williamson
Chef and restaurateur Brooke Williamson shows Food Network Magazine her one-of-a-kind Los Angeles kitchen.
Brooke Williamson, winner of Food Network’s 2020 Tournament of Champions, is used to working closely with her husband, Nick Roberts. They co-own the Los Angeles restaurant Playa Provisions, so when it was time to build their dream kitchen at home, collaborating was easy. They both wanted a breezy, casual space where the family — including son Hudson, 12 — could hang out and cook together. “We were hoping to create something that felt comfortable, open and bright,” says Brooke. She and Nick spent almost a year working with architect Santiago Ortiz on the design. They opted for super-tough Caesarstone countertops and appliances from Viking and Ferguson, then added a custom touch by installing plywood cabinets, one of Brooke’s favorite features of the kitchen. They made the space feel personal by filling the open shelves with artisan pottery, including pieces from Brooke’s mom, a ceramicist. Read on to steal some of their fun ideas.
Shelf Showcase: Brooke was nervous about having open shelving, but it gave her a reason to buy some fun new stuff. “I didn’t want to show my old plastic plates and cups, so it forced me to upgrade a lot of my serveware.”
Coffee Counter: One of Brooke and Nick’s must-have appliances is their La Marzocco coffee grinder and espresso maker. Brooke makes an Americano every day, and Nick typically has three espressos.
Dog Cubby: Brooke and Nick lined this empty shelf in the kitchen island with a pillow so their dogs Rio, Birdy and Otis have a comfy place to nap.
Tile Transition: Architect Santiago Ortiz came up with the idea for mixing cement tile and oak flooring. The couple picked up the cement floor tiles and their backsplash from the same place so the striking blues would match.
Text written by Erica Finamore for Food Network Magazine.
Photograph by Jessica Sample.