In the Cayman Islands, the art of cooking is an integral part of everyday life, from family celebrations to entertaining guests, and recipes passed down through generations. And for those who might be a bit wary of attempting a culinary masterpiece, the era of celebrity chefs and food bloggers has helped reignite a love of cooking amongst the mainstream. With this shift have followed design trends celebrating the kitchen as an interactive space, where all parties are encouraged to engage.
Teresa Foster is a sales associate at Grand Cayman’s Diamond Properties. She explains how the kitchen and cooking as a lifestyle have evolved. “Nowadays, the trend is a very open floor plan, with the kitchen actually being immersed in the living area. Where it used to be the kitchen was separate, a cutaway room from the rest of the house, everybody entertains and cooks together.”
Of increasing popularity are kitchen islands with waterfall edges, which not only create a sleek and sophisticated focal point for one’s space but serve up plenty of functionality, with ample room to store appliances and kitchenware. What’s more, they can be fitted with a bar and seating area on one end, perfect for family and guests to gather round or be part of the meal prep.
Foster expresses the treasured role the kitchen plays within the home. “It’s where your family grows from. It’s where you talk at the end of the day; it’s how you begin your mornings. It is the heartbeat of the home.”
And as the kitchen is becoming more interactive, the outdoor dining space is becoming more extensive. No more are the days of the lone griller whilst guests mingle inside. Now, the crackling of fire and smoky aroma is where diners are sure to gravitate. Grilling installations with refrigerators, sinks and side burners transform one’s outdoor space into a chef’s creative hub.
In addition to design, emerging technology continues to make the kitchen more intuitive, with appliances that are able to adjust to their environment and even offer step-by-step recipe guides whilst the meal is being prepared. Whilst microwave mavens might utilise technology strictly for time-saving purposes, Foster explains that the kitchen of the future can help empower cooking connoisseurs to work more seamlessly.
“You’re no longer just pulling stuff out of the freezer and popping it in the oven,” she jests. “You’re actually creating and cooking, which is obviously the best way for us to eat. We want to eat cleaner nowadays. We want to eat the right way, and all these tools and components just help us get there.”
For a kitchen that’s sure to wow your guests, head to BrandSource Home Gallery for a wide selection of innovative appliances integrated with smart technology. Bon Vivant not only offers kitchen appliances and interior design services but hosts cooking classes where guests can hone their skills with local chefs. And A.L. Thompson’s, which has provided the Islands with hardware and appliances for decades, offers high-quality fixtures and furniture to create the culinary space of your dreams.
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Author: Jessie Gilmartin