Anna's picks: Be a master chef in your own home

Kitchens in our homes are starting to look a bit like the ones you'll find in a restaurant.

The old, white upright four-burner is on the way out, going the same way as the Early Kooka. Relegated to landfill or left to struggle on under a layer of scorched gravy.

I'm blaming that London lad Jamie Oliver and his cooing, purring compatriot, Nigella Lawson, for this.

When they hit our TV screens in their food porn shows, The Naked Chef and Nigella Bites, we zoomed in on more than their stockpots.

Kitchens agleam in stainless steel, commercial-grade cookers and pot racks became the new must-haves for any serious or Sunday cook. Kitchen appliance stores began stocking cooking equipment in stainless steel well before MasterChef whetted our appetites.

Today you'll see few real estate ads boasting an upright electric stove, while Domain is bursting with references to chef's kitchens, stainless steel wok-burners and convection steam ovens.

David Crane, chief executive of Winning Appliances, says stainless steel products account for 63 per cent of oven sales and almost half of microwave sales. In real estate decisions, the kitchen is often the deal maker.

The kitchen of a formerly sedate flat in the tightly held Art Deco block, Hampstead at 286 New South Head Road in Double Bay, is drawing interest.

The owners of Apartment 2 are keen cooks and it shows in their kitchen fit-out.

The selling agent, Lorraine Crawford of Di Jones Real Estate, says buyers are being “wowed” by the kitchen.

Pirelli rubber floors, stainless steel shelving, a 120 centimetre gas and electric Ilve oven and a tiered, moveable island bench all spell “foodie heaven”.

“The owners are keen travellers and entertainers and they love entertaining. This kitchen really suits their lifestyle,” says Crawford.

The rest of the 120 square metre house-sized apartment has plenty to attract attention too; an entry foyer separating three bedrooms from the living area, two bathrooms, a sunny dining room with bifold windows overlooking the common garden, a garage and wine-tasting room.

It goes to auction on February 19 with a guide of more than $950,000.

Renters on the hunt for a commercial-style kitchen should take a look at 7/1 Printers Lane in Darlinghurst.

One of nine in the converted warehouse, The Printery, this open-plan studio has an excellent kitchen.

The Ilve gas and electric oven is topped with a glass splashback, stainless steel exhaust and pot rack.

There's an island bench raised on wheels and best of all, a huge butcher's block.

Asking $995 a week through Belle Property Surry Hills, the 100 square metre studio comes with built-ins, city views and a stacker car space.

And if you're not in the mood to cook, step outside. It's in the heart of Little Italy and a stone's throw from Surry Hills' restaurant strip.

This story Anna's picks: Be a master chef in your own home first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.