The kitchen has always be the heart of a home.
It’s where the family gathers to talk about their day. Kids do their homework on its countertops as their mothers cook. The kitchen isn’t just a place for cooking food. It is where bonds are established.
As the latest advancements in technology continue to reshape our homes, let’s re-visit some of history’s most famous kitchens. These spaces didn’t just serve hot meals but also bore witness to some of history’s most important milestones.
Here are the six best kitchens in history:
1. The Goring
During the First World War, The Goring Hotel played a huge part in the Allied Force’s campaign against Germany. Its kitchen, now famously known as “The Goring Kitchen”, became the command centre for General Pershing and his army. The war efforts were all coordinated within this humble kitchen.
2. The Tudor
It was the largest kitchen during the Middle Ages and it was the centre of the palace’s hustle and bustle. This kitchen fed members of the court, guardsmen and guests twice a day. This built Henry VIII’s reputation as a “Consumer of Food and Women”. Even if it lacked modern amenities, it still served food fit for the royal court.
3. Julia Child
The kitchen from her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, served as the backdrop for her books and television programmes. In 2001, Julia Child agreed to donate her kitchen to the Smithsonian Institute. The museum now houses all of her cooking utensils on display. Her legacy continues and it inspires a new generation of chefs today.
4. Soup kitchen
The onset of the Great Depression in the United States ushered in the soup kitchen. Its aim was to feed the hungry and help the poor. A bowl of hot soup and a piece of bread were served to people who lined up outside its doors. Until now, soup kitchens still operate in some parts of the world to serve the poor.
5. The White House
Staffed with five full-time chefs, The White House kitchen is probably one of the busiest kitchens in the world. Capable of serving up to 1,000 hors d’oeuvres and 140 guests for dinner, its staff can prepare elegant meals and elaborate culinary desserts for leaders and heads of state alike. It even has a kitchen dedicated to sweets alone.
6. The Royal Chocolate
George I, George II and William III were all chocolate fans and their sweet tooth gave birth to the Royal Chocolate Kitchen in the Hampton Court Palace. Compared to the massive Tudor Kitchen, it was smaller but was equipped with counter, shelves and a fireplace. Chocolate confectionaries created by Thomas Tosier were regarded as some of the best in the world.
There you have it – six of the best and most interesting kitchens in history. If you’re inspired by these historical kitchens, why not visit the Kitchen Connection webpage and see how they can help you create your own slice of history.