i guess i am pretty fortunate because i am getting to build my kitchen exactly how i want to... but i need help. i am a veteran of a few fine dining (and some not so fine!) restaurants and former pastry chef, so performance and durability are critical. any cooktop with less than a 17,500 btu burner is unacceptable, yet reliable low simmer is needed too (i currently use my griddle to simmer, but i am going to say goodbye to my commercial range before i move to the new house). without being uppity i would like to say money is not the issue. i do entertain quite a bit, so scalability is important... 48" is probably what i need in the cooktop with a grill and griddle (or perhaps a double griddle, any thoughts?) what brand and models do i turn to, i've been using commercial ranges so long, i feel i am at the salesmen's mercy when it comes to residential appliances! same thing with ovens..., i am not a fan of warming drawers, i'd rather another oven. holidays and parties have all 3 of my ovens going (36" in my range plus dual convections on the wall). at the new house i'll have a catering kitchen downstairs at the dumbwaiter for extra capacity for events, but it is not like i would like to run up and down for a gathering of 12 to 20... so i really need two ovens if not three in the main... what about the gaggenau 36" and the 24" steam combi... not to mention the microwave which is entirely politically incorrect for me to display but yet needed on a daily basis to cook my morning oatmeal and pop the kids some corn!
seriously, i know i got the kind of problem to enjoy, but i am quite anxious to do this properly, how would you equip your ultimate kitchen???, and the wow factor is important too, but i think that follows naturally from the informed cooking decisions. oh, the new subzero fridge with the glass door is something i've waited for for years, other than loud commercial alternatives (one of which will be going in the catering kitchen), are there any competitors with that capacity, clear door, and freezer?