Kitchens for messy chefs!

At DIY Homefit we have really enjoyed Masterchef. Congratulations to winner Simon Wood!

Simon – a 38-year-old father-of-four from Oldham – has dreamed of being a chef since he was 8 years old. To win the competition, Simon had to cook three-course meals for judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace…

His winning menu comprised a starter of octopus, served with chorizo crisps, cannellini bean and chorizo salad, and brunoise tomatoes; a main course of squab pigeon with carrots, pommes parisienne, mushrooms, carrot and watercress purees and a cassis jus; and a lemon posset dessert.

Much as we enjoyed it though, we couldn’t help but wonder what that kitchen would look like if your average cook had been preparing a meal of that complexity! The jury is out as to whether men or women are the worst culprits here (answers on a postcard!!) but we all know those cooks who seem to decimate the kitchen when preparing food! Every saucepan is either caked with the remains of something or other or still has food in it, and every surface is covered.

The question is, should we cater for messy chefs? We may all aspire to a minimalistically chic, streamlined kitchen with everything gleaming and no clutter – but is that a realistic scenario to aim for in everyday life? What can we do to try and contain the messy chef?  

Here are a few thoughts that we hope might help! Click on the image to go to the relevant part of DIY Homefit’s website!  

Surface Space

Make sure you have plenty of it so that they can fill every inch!  Or – more importantly – that you stand half a chance of still being able to put something somewhere.

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Easy to Clean Surfaces

This is essential to ensure that you are not finding the remains of the latest culinary masterpiece for weeks to come! It might even encourage the messy chef to clean it themselves!

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Storage Space

You need LOTS! If your messy chef is forever pulling out more pans and gadgets and gizmos, the easier they are to find, the less mess they will make in the process. Who knows, they might even learn to start putting things away afterwards.

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An Island

There’s that famous old quote by John Donne “no man is an island” – explaining how we are all connected to each other in our humanity. A kitchen island is a great way of creating another area within the kitchen that is both separate and connected and gives you more surface and storage space.  Looks stylish too!  No-one need ever know that your design decision was made on the basis of your messy chef…

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Logical Production Line

If you are going for a full kitchen refurbishment then it makes sense to have a logical flow between the different tasks that your messy chef is likely to perform. For example, saucepans and other cooking implements should be near the oven, knives and chopping boards near your main preparation area, cutlery and dishes easy to access for serving food.

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Last but not least – make your feelings known. We love this kitchen rules poster – but you may prefer to create your own version:


We hope that you can reconfigure your kitchen to accommodate your messy chef!  While they’re busy at work decimating your kitchen, do browse through our website to see more details about some of the above ideas and see what might help! Then just sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labour!