It was either get a new kitchen or get a new wife. TV chef Jacques Pépin chose the kitchen. F&W got the first look at it.

By Charlotte Druckman
Updated June 15, 2017
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When chef Jacques Pépin's wife of 39 years, Gloria, threatened to leave him if one more film crew came through their Madison, Connecticut, home, the solution was clear: They needed a second kitchen. Designed by architect Philippe Campus and built in their guesthouse, this new, camera-friendly kitchen has a 9-foot island with a 36-inch KitchenAid cooktop that lets Jacques face the crew as he works ($2,230; 800-422-1230). Two KitchenAid warming drawers under the cooktop keep finished dishes ready for the spotlight ($850 each). A knife block built into the island puts knives within easy reach.

Tiles

At a local pottery studio called Fired Up, Jacques painted the tiles around the soffit with favorite sayings, like "Patriotism is the taste of the dishes that you had as a child." DETAILS From $2.50 a tile; 203-481-1015.

Countertops

Jacques chose four hues of DuPont Zodiaq, including Vega Rose on the island and Mercury Grey along the wall. DETAILS From $50 a sq ft (includes installation); 800-426-7426.

Pot rack

Jacques hangs his pans from wall hooks, just like his friend Julia Child did. The hooks are attached to old hickory boards that his contractor found at a lumberyard. At first glance, they seemed so dirty that the idea of using them in the kitchen was laughable. But even after a good cleaning, they still retained a lovely patina.

Steel cart

Custom-made to fit under the counter, the restaurant model can hold a dozen baking sheets of hors d'oeuvres. DETAILS $225 from Chef's Equipment Emporium; 866-98-CHEFS.

Lighting

The P5011-09 hanging fixtures from Progress Lighting are detachable, which is handy for photo shoots. DETAILS $60 from Home Depot; 800-553-3199.

Cabinets

The "Design Group 84" custom maple cabinets from Wood-Mode have Chatham flat-panel doors, some with translucent ribbed-glass windows. DETAILS 877-635-7500.

Chairs

The maple seats of the "Contessa" swivel bar stools from Holland Bar Stool Company match the cabinets. DETAILS $300 each; 800-423-1903.