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Star Kitchen: Michael Symon

Michael Symon’s Hamptons kitchen has everything he needs to cook for a crowd.

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Michael Symon's Hamptons Kitchen

Michael Symon and his wife, Liz, bought their East Hampton, NY, house from a cookbook author, so in some ways the kitchen was made for a pro: It had two sinks, two ovens and two dishwashers. But the space wasn’t exactly designed for entertaining — and Michael and Liz were planning to do plenty of that. They decided to gut it and make it more crowd-friendly, adding a huge maple island and a dining table that seats 10. Friends (and many fans) know that Michael and Liz are real estate enthusiasts — they’ve renovated more than a few home kitchens — so they knew just what they wanted for this one. They went for an updated industrial look, combining weathered oak floors and a white subway-tile backsplash with matte black counters and appliances, including a BlueStar stove. And they incorporated plenty of cabinets to hold Michael’s cookware. "Personalizing a space is the most important thing a new homeowner can do," Michael says. “We use every bit of this kitchen because we designed it exactly for our lifestyle.”

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Durable Counters

The counters look like soapstone (a material that scratches easily), but they’re quartz, which is much more durable. Michael likes the chalkboard-like matte finish.

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Pop of Red

Michael wanted a red stove but Liz loves matte black, so they compromised by choosing red knobs for their BlueStar range.

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Kitchen TV

Michael had to beg Liz to agree to a TV in the kitchen — but there’s a big upside for her: Now he can cook Sunday dinner while he watches football or golf.

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