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Michelin-starred chef Galton Blackiston shares his 5 perfect kitchen tips with Tom Howley

With the recent partnership between renowned kitchen designer Tom Howley, and Michelin-starred chef Galton Blackiston, here are some treasured tips from Galton on how to achieve the perfect kitchen.

Galton Blackiston is the owner and chef patron of the Michelin-Starred Morston Hall country house hotel and restaurant. Morston Hall is one of Britain’s leading country hotels, consistently receiving awards since the AA nominated it as Newcomer of the Year in 1992. It has also been named in the top 100 restaurants in the UK.

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Galton appears regularly on Saturday Morning with James Martin (ITV), as well as a variety of other programmes including Great British Menu and Market Kitchen.

1. AN ISLAND FOR ENTERTAINING

‘I love my island’, says Galton Blackiston. ‘It’s a really sociable part of the kitchen where people can gather and chat. It has plenty of workspace for prepping and a hob for cooking; and because it’s centrally positioned, I can face my guest while I’m prepping dinner without turning my back on anyone. If you have the space, seating around the island means people can gather around and enjoy little pre-dinner tasters.’

Tom Howley

2. BANK APPLIANCES

‘You can easily recreate a professional chef’s kitchen at home with banked appliances along one wall. They’re positioned ay eye level to make using everything easy,’ advises Galton Blackiston. ‘Having the oven, microwave and hob quite close together create a flexible, functional cooking zone which simply means you’re not constantly going backwards and forwards.’

Tom Howley

3. HAVE A WELL-STOCKED PANTRY

‘Every chefs kitchen is stocked with the essential ingredients needed to cook great food at any time,’ says Galton Blackiston. ‘I make sure that i can see what I have so if I’m running low on something I can add it onto my shopping list straight away. Like a lot of chef’s kitchens, mine is pretty organised. My pantry has separate spice racks, and bespoke partitioning for tins and jars. Having a pantry can really maximise your use of space, freeing up your cabinetry for housing your crockery and utensils.’

Tom Howley

4. OPEN UP YOUR KITCHEN SPACE

'I prefer open plan when I’m cooking at home because everything’s close to hand and everyone’s part of the action. To make the whole process seamless, every item should have a purpose and a place – you should be able to reach whatever you need almost without thinking about it so that you can focus on your guests as well as your food,' informs Galton Blackiston.

Galton Blackiston

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5. KEEP ESSENTIALS CLOSE TO HAND

'Having the right tools to hand really can inspire creativity in the kitchen. Cooking isn’t only my job, it’s how I relax, so having a well-planned kitchen with everything I need close to hand takes the stress out of preparation and makes cooking easier,' says Galton Blackiston.

Galton Blackiston

Galton Blackiston is Chef Partner of Tom Howley, tomhowley.co.uk, and chef-patron of Morston Hall, morstonhall.com.