BLANCO welcomes renowned celebrity chef, former Martha Stewart food editor and leading author Ying Chang, who recently redesigned her eco-friendly kitchen using BLANCO. We spoke to the national authority on Asian culture and cuisine about her new kitchen and her design concept.
What were some of the main challenges you faced when remodeling your kitchen?
The main challenge was to find a place for a large sink. We enlarged our windows so we were looking for a good spot to put a large sink and since I don’t have a large kitchen, we needed a sink that would fit.
Was space a concern when designing the kitchen?
Well, we wanted to have a space large enough for two sinks. My son is a great cook so we wanted two sinks and we are always bumping into each other so we decided a prep sink and large sink would work beautifully for us. Plus, everyone always likes to chip in and help me cook, so it was practical to have a two sinks for meal preparation.
Why did you choose BLANCO?
I chose BLANCO because I love the design and functionality. I use the sink a great deal in the cooking process. Washing large pots, plates, vegetables plus I love the drain pan which I constantly use for cooking. I also think it’s more of a clean look and having a build in drain pan feature really attracted me to the sink. Plus a deep prep sink is great for washing vegetables and very multifunctional.
You also selected the BLANCO SOLON COMPOST SYSTEM. Is recycling a big part of your lifestyle?
I chose SOLON™ because I believe in recycling, composting and having a vegetable garden.
Chinese people don’t waste food. Most of the meals that I prepare at home are made from whole foods and not processed or packaged. I eat food that I can identify with so I try to use fresh ingredients all the time and whatever I don’t use I compost, so very little waste goes in the trash.
It sounds like BLANCO plays an active role in your eco-friendly living. Your thoughts?
I am totally focused on “living green” and use all eco-friendly appliances in my kitchen with low formaldehyde. I also like open clean space when I am cooking. For example, I placed my gas cooktop to face an open space for entertaining so I could have more counter space and I don’t like having cabinets hang over my head while I’m cooking or preparing a meal.
Your kitchen sounds perfect – exactly the way you wanted it. Was that difficult in achieving?
My kitchen from early on, had many special needs – green remodeling, open space, two sinks, etc. I am a writer, not a designer so I had to rewrite and rewrite the initial design draft until it was what I wanted and it’s not easy (or cheap) to make revisions in a remodel so it has to be close to perfect before the remodeling starts. I spent years looking for what I wanted and I finally got it!
To learn more about Ying’s new book, cooking with an asian accent, click on these links below.