A Heated Internal Debate – Are There Some Tiles That Are More “Bathroom” Than “Kitchen” And Are There Rules?

A few years ago as I was designing the mountain and portland house I was knee-deep in tile samples. As I was looking at some Julie said, that one feels like it doesn’t belong in the kitchen, it’s more ‘bathroom’. At that point, I wouldn’t say I was a seasoned designer, but certainly had some experience and this has never occurred to me. Ever. I kinda thought that any tile could go anywhere (as long as it works functionally and practically, of course). This notion that ‘this belongs in a bathroom, not kitchen’ blew my mind. So as I continued to design, I did in fact see what she was talking about and I had also mentally (subconsciously) categorized some tile. Here we go.

Can Penny Tile Go In A Kitchen?

design by amber interiors | photo by tessa neustadt

This feels like an ‘only floor’ tile to me and more specifically, in a bathroom, not a kitchen. But why??? One reason is that it’s highly grouted (and therefore harder to slip on when stepping out of the shower) and marinara spills in the kitchen would be hard to clean out of all those grout lines. But then as I was researching for this post I saw it in kitchens and it looked cool. Would I still do it? I’m scared, but it clearly looks good.

design by joan schindler | photo by lucas allen | via house beautiful
design by splinter society | photo by sharyn cairns | via est living

Why Is Subway/Square Or Brick Tile Or Brick-Shaped Tile Almost Always The Kitchen Backsplash?

photo by tessa neustadt | from: emily’s kitchen and dining room reveal

For whatever reason, brick tile is my strong go-to for kitchens in a multitude of finishes and configurations of course, but any other shape always surprises me. Here’s my theory – there are a lot of ‘starts and stops’ in a kitchen – shelving, cabinetry, outlets, window frames, etc, and having the tile be linear allows for less awkward cuts of the tile shape. If it’s square/rectangle it’s a cleaner break – does that make sense? But then I look at these examples below and I’m like, yah, those look awesome.

photo by zeke ruelas | from: the casa soria kitchen reveal (+ 5 things i would have done differently if it were my kitchen)
design by dee murphy | photo by sara ligorria-tramp

Both of those examples (by friends of mine and rooms I love) had to then order a bull-nose (the thin top row of tiles that caps it off) which complicates the cutting, install and ordering process for sure. But it looks awesome.

design by kate arends of wit & delight | photo by 2nd truth photography

Albie asked me to look at her kitchen design board (coming soon!) where she has a large scale hex tile as her backsplash and my only comment was ‘I just feel like a ‘hex’ is more ‘bathroom’, but I don’t know why

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Kitchen Essentials for Home Cooks and Food Lovers

Kitchen gadgets and accessories are usually high on the list of most wedding gift registries, but they’re especially in demand these days as couples spend more time preparing meals at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

We asked four experienced chefs across the country to share some of their go-to wedding gifts. Here’s a sampling.

Ms. Yeh is the host of the Food Network series “Girl Meets Farm.” She is a Juilliard-trained percussionist and the author of the cookbooks “Molly on the Range” and “Yogurt.”

Vitamix 5200; $449.95


Mr. Torres, a.k.a. Mr. Chocolate, is the founder of Jacques Torres Chocolate, which has seven retail locations in New York. He was the star of the PBS series “Dessert Circus with Jacques Torres,” the host of the Food Network series “Chocolate with Jacques Torres,” and an author of “Dessert Circus.” Most recently, he was the head judge on the Netflix baking competition, “Nailed It!”

Ms. Adams is the founder and author of the cookbook “Grandbaby Cakes,” which offers her grandmother’s generational recipes with a modern spin. She is a cast member of the Cooking Channel’s “Unique Sweets,” and is part of the Today Tastemakers on the “Today Show.”

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Best Amazon Prime Day kitchen and home deals 2020: Save on Vitamix, Le Creuset and more

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Amazon Prime Day is on now and continues through today, Oct. 14. Look for deep discounts on products big and small from major kitchen and home brands including Le Creuset, All-Clad and Keurig.

Check back on this story for regular updates — we’ll add more of the best Amazon Prime Day kitchen and home deals as they become available.

Read more on Chowhound: What kitchen deals can you expect on Prime Day? 

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Calling all bakers: Use these baking sheets for cookies or roasting vegetables.

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This 10-inch triple-layer nonstick skillet is compatible with all cooktops — including induction — and perfect for cooking eggs and other delicate items.

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Make more than rice in this rice cooker, like whole grains, hot cereal and steamed vegetables.

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Make healthier fast food with this handy air fryer. With the air crisp technology, you can reduce added fat while still guaranteeing a product that tastes like your favorite french fries.

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These glasses were designed to release the aroma of white wines, so swirl and sip to your heart’s content. Bonus: They’re dishwasher safe.

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This coffee maker from Keurig fits anywhere — thanks to its slim, sleek size. You can brew any cup size of coffee between six and 12 ounces by just using K-Cup pods, with coffee made in just minutes.

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Get 40% off on this SodaStream, which makes fresh bubbly water at just the push of a button.

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You’ll never use any other pans once you snag these All-Clad 8- and 10-inch skillets. The nonstick coating makes for healthier cooking, and the pans can be used on induction, gas, electric, ceramic and halogen.

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It’s easier than ever to defrost frozen vegetables and warm up leftovers, thanks to this microwave that can be activated by Alexa. The microwave is set with 10 power levels, a kitchen timer, a child lock and a turntable.

Read our AmazonBasics Microwave review.

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Too cold to grill outside? No matter. Toss this cast iron griddle right onto the stove, primed to sear everything from burgers and kebabs to Sunday morning pancakes.

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This blender doubles as a food processor, which means you can do twice as many tasks with just one appliance sitting on the kitchen counter. The blades are so sharp that they break down everything from whole fruits and vegetables to seeds and ice.

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This is a convection oven that does it all: You can toast, broil, bake, roast, warm, make pizza and rotisserie chicken, ferment and dehydrate all in one.

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This powerful rice cooker makes up to 5.5 cups of rice, with an automatic setting that keeps the rice warm after it’s finished cooking.

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The Vitamix Explorian is one of the most popular models with plenty of power to crush nuts into nut butter and pulse frozen fruit

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Ranjit Singh Boparan buys Gourmet Burger Kitchen in rescue deal

Gourmet Burger Kitchen has been bought out of administration by the food industry tycoon Ranjit Singh Boparan in a deal that will save more than 660 jobs.



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Boparan, who bought Carluccio’s in May, has bought 35 of the burger restaurant’s sites. However, under the pre-pack administration deal, 26 other sites will close, with the loss of 362 jobs.

The burger chain, which was owned by the South African company Famous Brands, which also owns Wimpy in the UK, was put on the market as it struggled amid the pandemic and high street lockdown.

But Gourmet Burger Kitchen has been in difficulties since a restructuring deal with landlords in 2018 under which it agreed to close up to 17 sites after the casual dining market became oversaturated.

Gavin Maher, a partner at Deloitte who was appointed joint administrator on Wednesday, said: “The broader challenges facing ‘bricks and mortar’ operators, combined with the effect of the lockdown, resulted in a deterioration in financial performance and a material funding requirement.

“We have been working closely with the management team under very difficult market conditions to try and find a funding solution, and I am glad to be able to announce the rescue of this well-loved brand together with a large proportion of the sites and workforce. However, it’s clearly disappointing that a number of sites have had to close resulting in today’s redundancies.”



a sign hanging off the side of a building: A Gourmet Burger Kitchen restaurant in Bracknell.


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A Gourmet Burger Kitchen restaurant in Bracknell.

Labelled the “chicken king” as he is the co-owner and founder of 2 Sisters Food Group, which supplies about a third of the chicken on UK supermarket shelves, Boparan’s business interests includes turkey producer Bernard Matthews, the upmarket London restaurant The Cinnamon Club restaurant, as well as the Giraffe and Ed’s Easy Diner chains.

Satnam Leihal, the managing director of Boparan Restaurant Group, said: “This latest acquisition is in line with our strategy to grow our restaurant group with quality brands. Whilst it is an extremely challenging time for the sector, we believe quality hospitality businesses will recover in the long term as people return to eating out.”

Boparan is extending his empire as restaurants and pubs face intense financial pressure during the coronavirus crisis.

UK operators were forced to close for several months in March and continue to suffer from local lockdowns in some parts of the country, as well as from low visitor numbers on high streets, retail parks and shopping centres in general.

With profits under pressure, Pizza Hut, Pizza Express, Azzurri Group, which ownsAsk Italian and Zizzi, and the Casual Dining Group, which owns Bella Italia, Café Rouge and Las Iguanas, have all closed outlets, putting thousands of jobs at risk.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen sites to close under the deal

Angel, London

Aylesbury

Baker Street, London

Berner Street, London

Brunswick Centre, London

Canterbury

Cardiff Library

Chichester

Clink Street

, London

Covent Garden, London

Edinburgh

Glasgow

(closed before administrators were appointed)

Maidstone

Nottingham

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen has been bought out of administration by the food industry tycoon Ranjit Singh Boparan in a deal that will save more than 660 jobs.

Boparan, who bought Carluccio’s in May, has bought 35 of the burger restaurant’s sites. However, under the pre-pack administration deal, 26 other sites will close, with the loss of 362 jobs.

The burger chain, which was owned by the South African company Famous Brands, which also owns Wimpy in the UK, was put on the market as it struggled amid the pandemic and high street lockdown.

But Gourmet Burger Kitchen has been in difficulties since a restructuring deal with landlords in 2018 under which it agreed to close up to 17 sites after the casual dining market became oversaturated.

Gavin Maher, a partner at Deloitte who was appointed joint administrator on Wednesday, said: “The broader challenges facing ‘bricks and mortar’ operators, combined with the effect of the lockdown, resulted in a deterioration in financial performance and a material funding requirement.

“We have been working closely with the management team under very difficult market conditions to try and find a funding solution, and I am glad to be able to announce the rescue of this well-loved brand together with a large proportion of the sites and workforce. However, it’s clearly disappointing that a number of sites have had to close resulting in today’s redundancies.”

Labelled the “chicken king” as he is the co-owner and founder of 2 Sisters Food Group, which supplies about a third of the chicken on UK supermarket shelves, Boparan’s business interests includes turkey producer Bernard Matthews, the upmarket London restaurant The Cinnamon Club restaurant, as well as the Giraffe and Ed’s Easy Diner chains.

Satnam Leihal, the managing director of Boparan Restaurant Group, said: “This latest acquisition is in line with our strategy to grow our restaurant group with quality brands. Whilst it is an extremely challenging time for the sector, we believe quality hospitality businesses will recover in the long term as people return to eating out.”

Boparan is extending his empire as restaurants and pubs face intense financial pressure during the coronavirus crisis.

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UK operators were forced to close for several months in March and continue to suffer from local lockdowns in some parts of the country, as well as from low visitor numbers on high streets, retail parks and shopping centres in general.

With profits under pressure, Pizza Hut, Pizza Express, Azzurri Group, which ownsAsk Italian and Zizzi, and the Casual Dining Group, which owns Bella Italia, Café Rouge and Las Iguanas, have all closed outlets, putting thousands of jobs at risk.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen sites to close under the deal

Angel, London
Aylesbury
Baker Street, London
Berner Street, London
Brunswick Centre, London
Canterbury
Cardiff Library
Chichester
Clink Street
, London
Covent Garden, London
Edinburgh
Glasgow
(closed before administrators were appointed)
Maidstone
Nottingham
Richmond
, London

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen to axe 362 jobs and 26 restaurants despite rescue sale

Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) is to close 26 restaurants and axe 362 roles despite being saved from administration.

The chain has been bought in a rescue deal by Boparan Restaurant Group, which also snapped Carluccio’s out of insolvency earlier in the pandemic.



GBK said it had started to see improvements in trading last year after a major restructuring process in 2018, which saw it shut a raft of sites.

However, the company, which had been owned by South African group Famous Brands, said it slid into administration after the virus impacted upon its liquidity and potential to be sold as a solvent business.

The sale will secure the future of 35 GBK restaurants (Rick Findler/PA)
The sale will secure the future of 35 GBK restaurants (Rick Findler/PA)

The group has now been sold in a pre-pack administration deal after working with insolvency specialists at Deloitte.

It said the move will save 35 sites and 669 jobs from its original network of 61 restaurants and 1,031 employees.

Gavin Maher, joint administrator at Deloitte, said: “As with a number of dining businesses, the broader challenges facing ‘bricks and mortar’ operators, combined with the effect of the lockdown, resulted in a deterioration in financial performance and a material funding requirement.

“We have been working closely with the management team under very difficult market conditions to try and find a funding solution and I am glad to be able to announce the rescue of this well-loved brand together with a large proportion of the sites and workforce.

“However, it’s clearly disappointing that a number of sites have had to close resulting in today’s redundancies.

“We would like to thank all of those involved in the transaction, including our legal advisers, DLA Piper, and wish the management team, workforce and the new owners, Boparan Restaurant Group, every success in now taking the business forward.”

It is the latest expansion in dining for Boparan, which is owned by “Chicken King” Ranjit Boparan and also owns the chains Giraffe and Ed’s Easy Diner.

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen rescued by Giraffe owner



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Restaurant chain Gourmet Burger Kitchen has been bought out of administration by Boparan Restaurant Group.

The deal includes 35 sites and 669 jobs. However, 26 restaurants and 362 jobs will be lost.

Boparan owns the Giraffe chain and is owned by Ranjit Boparan, who founded 2 Sisters chicken processing company.

GBK, which has had several owners, was most recently owned by South Africa-based Famous Brands.

It was sold out of administration by accountancy firm Deloitte.

“As with a number of dining businesses, the broader challenges facing ‘bricks and mortar’ operators, combined with the effect of the lockdown, resulted in a deterioration in financial performance and a material funding requirement,” Gavin Maher, Joint Administrator at Deloitte, said.



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“We have been working closely with the management team under very difficult market conditions to try and find a funding solution and I am glad to be able to announce the rescue of this well-loved brand together with a large proportion of the sites and workforce.

“However, it’s clearly disappointing that a number of sites have had to close resulting in today’s redundancies.”

The company has been in trouble since November 2018 when it entered a Company Voluntary Arrangement.

Since then, the coronavirus lockdown has hit sales, Deloitte said.

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These kitchen items from Amazon I actually use in my own kitchen

Author’s note: My name is Jack Roskopp and I’m a writer who loves to whip up my own recipes at home. I cook in my kitchen pretty regularly, and ever since COVID-19 made going to restaurants a thing I don’t do as much anymore, there is almost always something going down in my kitchen these days.


Trying to build your kitchen from the ground up can be a daunting task. If you’re not a regular cook, certain tools can look pretty daunting, and there always seems to be a new kitchen gadget on the market that looks incredibly intimidating to use.

Some of these things I’ve accumulated since the pandemic started because I wanted to try out some more complicated recipes, and others I’ve been using and they’ve turned into my old faithfuls.

You can get them all on Amazon, and since it’s Prime Day, why not treat yourself to something special for your kitchen?

By the way: We hope you love these recommendations. Just an FYI, Graham Media Group may collect a small share of sales from the links provided on this page.


Instant Pot

Instant Pots are insanely popular, so if you already have one, you know just how versatile this kitchen appliance can be. There are honestly so many different things you can make. Chicken noodle soup, beef tips, mac and cheese, stroganoff, spaghetti, pulled pork, rice and even homemade cheesecake. It’s kind of scary to use for the first time, but there are plenty of YouTube tutorials out there on how to use your Instant Pot. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll become a pro pressure cooker in no time.

Air fryer

Not to be dramatic, but my life changed the day I got an air fryer. There are lots of different air fryers on he market, but these kind that can fit multiple trays of food are the best. You can cook a lot of food all at once.

There is also a rotisserie option, so you can make a rotisserie chicken at home that will rival the ones at Costco. Think of the air fryer as a toaster over or even your oven, so anything you’d cook in there you can cook in the air fryer. It’s unbelievable just how crispy the food gets, and you’re using little to no oil. I made homemade chicken strips in it, and it’s great knowing that the chicken will get super crispy without having to fry it in a vat of oil. It’s also great for veggies, frozen foods and hot dogs and burgers.

Egg cooker

If you’re a fan of eating hard-boiled eggs in the morning for breakfast, this little machine will change your life. All you have to do is set the time on the little machine to your preference of egg “doneness” (I’m a hard-boiled kind of guy), and your eggs come out perfectly every time.

You can make a handful of eggs at a time and you’ve got a quick

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7 best kitchen deals to snag in the last hours of Amazon Prime Day

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A small upgrade to your kitchen can make all the difference in your routine, from speeding up breakfast to creating extra space on the counter to making dinner taste more delicious. This Amazon Prime Day, you can snag a ton of kitchen deals to improve your life — and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites to shop.

Amazon Prime Day 2020 ends on Oct. 14 at 11:59 p.m PST, so you only have a few hours to shop these deals. While you stock up on new kitchen items, shop other deals on home, tech, beauty, fashion and more before heading into the holiday season. 

Don’t worry, if you’re not an Amazon Prime member, you can still sign up for a free trial. And really, there’s no better time to do so.

Shop the best kitchen deals on top brands like Ninja, Instant Pot, Vitamix, Le Creuset, Cuisinart and more below and save up to 50 percent off. Life in the kitchen will never be the same!

This Ninja Foodi pressure cooker is like nine appliances in one. It can pressure cook, air fry/air crisp, steam, slow cook, sear/sauté, bake/roast, broil, dehydrate and make yogurt. The brand notes its “TenderCrisp Technology” lets you pressure cook food to lock in juices and then air fry to give your dish a crispy, golden finish.

If you live in a small space or just don’t want your coffee maker taking up precious counter space, this Keurig coffee maker is for you. It fits nearly anywhere, measuring only 4.5 inches wide. Add a cup of fresh water, insert a K-Cup and brew a cup of joe in minutes.

In The Know readers love Le Creuset’s Skinny Grill Pan, but this Amazon Prime Day, we’re crushing on the brand’s skinny griddle. It’s made with black enameled cast iron (no seasoning required) which provides and even heat distribution for cooking your best meals. Plus, it looks chic and has strong iron handles for serving straight from the stovetop.

Just when you thought the Instant Pot couldn’t possible do any more, the brand created a new lid to turn the pressure cooker into an air fryer. This Instant Pot sautés, steams, slow cooks, sous vides, warms, roasts, bakes, broils, dehydrates, pressure cooks — and with the switch of the lid — air fries. That’s right, this appliance comes with two lids for different types of cooking, plus all the accessories you need for air frying.

This stainless steel cookware has an aluminum core, which ensures maximum heat retention and even heat distribution. This means your food cooks the same all around the pan. It can also take on extremely hot temperatures — it’s oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. The aluminum core is

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P.E.I. entry-level cooks program back in the kitchen after COVID-19 pause

More than a dozen cook trainees on P.E.I. are back in the kitchen after COVID-19 forced a six-month pause to their education. 

The free entry-level cook training program is offered by the Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island and the Culinary Institute of Canada, with funding from Skills P.E.I. 

The goal is to train cooks to work in Island kitchens and help restaurants fill their labour gaps.

“Not a two-year graduate, not a chef, but someone who can come in at a very entry level,” said Austin Clement, program manager at the Culinary Institute. “Someone who understands food safety, somebody who understands the sense of urgency, preparation of small little sandwiches, soup, salads — that sort of thing.” 

Demand from restaurants

Clement said the program was launched in 2019 at the request of the food service industry on P.E.I., which was struggling to find enough staff. “In the past, certainly, there have been challenges with working conditions and wages, but that’s improved somewhat over the course of time,” Clement said. “The explosion we’ve had here as Canada’s Food Island, we’ve seen more restaurants, very good restaurants, built a reputation for food. We’re filling a need as volume increases.”

The first training program in 2019 had 16 participants, and five of them have continued their training at the Culinary Institute. 

This year’s program has 14 cooks in training, and all but four were in the program when the pandemic shut it down in March.

“It was a little disappointing. We missed out probably on a few important events that we were supposed to do now due to COVID,” said Kirsten Fisher-Compton, who travels to and from Lennox Island every day.

Fisher-Compton heard about the entry-level cook training program from her boss at Tyne Valley Teas Cafe, where she has worked for a couple of years. “Cooking really interests me. I’ve been really trying to get experience in every aspect I can,” Fisher-Compton said.

“I worked doing bakery and salad, sandwich things and now I’m trying the bistro side of things, so we’ll see how that goes.”

The participants do five weeks of on-the-job training and Fisher-Compton is hoping for a position with a “high-end” restaurant, somewhere in the Summerside area.

Fisher-Compton has applied to attend the Culinary Institute next year, with the ultimate goal of having her own food truck. 

‘It’s not easy’

Ryan Sankar was also signed up for the entry-level cook training program in February, after moving to P.E.I. from Trinidad and Tobago.

When the program was put on pause, Sankar spent the summer working under instructor Kyle Panton, getting his first taste of life in a kitchen.

“My biggest lesson I’ve learned is ‘don’t let the pressure get to you,'” Sankar said.

“This isn’t the place to come and just expect it to be easy. It’s not easy.” 

Sankar said the training program is also a chance for participants to find out what they think of the restaurant industry. 

“This course gives you an opportunity

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