Culinary Arts

Hey, home chef, before you build your dream kitchen, listen up. Plus, Winterthur licenses a line of faithful reproduction homes, and when it comes to heating and air-conditioning, all rooms are not created equal.

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 BRIEFS Chef Dan Butler (from left) Gary Munch and Dan Johnson, aka Artisans Kitchens, want to make your kitchen fit for a pro. Photograph by Jared CastaldiDelebrity chef Dan Butler has done lots of catering, so he has cooked in lots of kitchens. One thing he’s noticed: “Many of the kitchens are beautiful, but they just don’t work. The oven is nice, but you can’t get a sheet pan in it.”

So when his friend Gary Munch, president of Boss Enterprises Inc., came up with the idea to help homeowners transform fabulous but non-functional kitchens into professional kitchens, Butler jumped on board.

Thus was born Artisans Kitchens (524 Greenhill Ave., Wilmington, 654-0886). “The concept is a turnkey solution around luxury homebuilding,” says Munch, “kind of a one-stop shop.”

Boss Enterprises handles construction, but the unique element is the culinary input. Whether you’re building new or renovating, the chef consults with the client to find out “how kitchens should operate if you’re a serious cook, do a lot of catering or parties, or if you’re a professional chef,” says Munch. Once the kitchen is built, the chef cooks the inaugural meal. In Delaware that chef would be Butler, chef and owner of Piccolina Toscana, Deep Blue Bar and Grill and other popular places. But Munch plans to go national by working with celebrity chefs elsewhere. On board is Michael White, a 2010 James Beard Foundation Award winner and one of Manhattan’s most beloved chefs.

“If you throw parties, professional chefs tend to make their way into your kitchen,” says Butler. “So if you want a professional kitchen, a professional chef helps.”

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