Star Kitchen: Vallery Lomas
The Food Network Kitchen app star invites us into her modern Harlem kitchen.
Vallery Lomas has become famous for her baked goods, but before she was whipping up irresistible cakes and pies on her blog foodieinnewyork.com and in classes on the Food Network Kitchen app, she was sifting through heaps of paperwork as a full-time lawyer. “One day I was in my office staring at a wall and I realized I wanted to spend the best hours of my day giving baking a real shot,” she says. She quit her job three years ago and decided to turn her attention to recipe development. Step one: Finding a new apartment with a bigger kitchen. “I couldn’t even fit a 12-cup muffin pan in my old oven,” she says. Her new space is giant by comparison, with great natural light, lots of counter space and, yes, a standard-size oven from GE. She also added baker’s racks and other storage for all of her tools and ingredients. Read on for more details about her work-from-home space.
Mixer Memories: Vallery has been using a KitchenAid stand mixer since her mom gave her one as a college graduation gift. She loves this red one because it adds color to the otherwise neutral kitchen.
Metallic Accents: Vallery says people always comment on her shiny steel backsplash. It’s easy to clean, but it also reflects light nicely, so it’s great for shooting!
Custom Cookbook: This recipe binder was a Christmas gift from Vallery’s mom in 1992. Over the years Vallery has written down her favorite family recipes along with some, like Alton Brown’s eggnog, transcribed from cooking shows.
French Finds: Vallery picked up this copper caramel pot on a 2019 trip to France with her mom. They traveled to Paris to take a class in viennoiserie (pastries) at Le Cordon Bleu.
All text written by Erica Finamore for Food Network Magazine.
Photograph by Alison Gootee.