Julia Child's Boston kitchen is now in the Smithsonian Museum in DC, but it was also recreated for the movie Julie & Julia. I love everything about it, from the colors to the copper pots hanging carefully on the wall, but I especially love the table in the center. Child's kitchen was a room for cooking and for sharing her meals.
Martha Stewart might not be a restaurant chef, but she certainly knows a thing or two about how to organize a home. She's got more pots and pans than anybody could possibly need in a normal home kitchen, but I love how they look and their convenient location. I also love that the glass-front cabinets are covered from the inside. Best of both worlds - pretty glass + hidden dishes.
Baltimore chef and restaurateur Cindy Wolf has the most amazing marble countertops - perfect for tons of pastry rolling. And I like the contrast between pristine white cabinets, light wood floors and the unapologetically black-and-stainless KitchenAid mixer.
London-based "domestic goddess" Nigella Lawson has a ktichen that's great for entertaining. It's open and inviting and full of natural light, thanks to enormous windows and glass doors.
I love Mario Batali's color choices. He's mostly known for his crazy red hair and unmissable orange Crocs, but at his home in Manhattan, he's all cool blues (except for a couple of hot-colored tools and pans).
Designer Robert Stilin recreated Ina Garten's (Barefoot Contessa) famous Hamptons kitchen as House Beautiful's Kitchen of the Year in Rockefeller Center. The huge island isn't just perfect for TV - it's also an ideal way to entertain. Fabulous, as Barefoot would say.
When venerable chef Jacques Pepin appeased his wife (who was sick of film crews) and installed a second kitchen in his home, he kept it simple. My favorite element: that knife block on the island.
Sausage man Bruce Aidells has a kitchen that's so gorgeous and perfectly rustic. It's country without kitsch - easier said than done!
The kitchen at Thomas Keller's Napa Valley restaurant French Laundry (where I want to eat more than anyplace else!) is one of the most professional in the country. But there are some takeaway for home kitchen designers - the easy access to pots, tools and spices that help things run smoothly at FL would be equally useful in a home kitchen.