Going Gourmet with Derek Lau
This article was originally published in New Homes Plus magazine, April 11, 2020.
Packed with kitchen extras, GO Homes’ GO Gourmet promotion is designed to be a foodie’s dream – something television cooking personality Derek Lau can attest to.
Mr Lau relished the opportunity to work with the GO Homes team to explore one of its state-of-the-art kitchens and use the space to realise a few of his signature recipes.
“Seriously, mate. After three days filming there, I thought, ‘I could live here’,” he told New Homes Plus.
“It’s an awesome kitchen.”
The GO Gourmet package offers top-of-the-range bespoke kitchens with high-quality fit-outs and contemporary design, all in an unexpectedly affordable package.
“It’s exceptional quality,” Mr Lau said. “To be honest, I wasn’t too sure what to expect because of the price point. All that went out the window the moment I got there.”
The range features an exhaustive list of inclusions from brands such as Smeg, Essastone and Fujitsu offered as standard. The double oven, spacious scullery and gas cooktop were especially welcome for Mr Lau.
“I currently have an induction cooktop, so the first thing I thought was ‘wow, now we’re cooking with – well, you know’,” he laughed.
Designed with convenience and ergonomics in mind, the layout of the kitchen allowed Mr Lau to use the area to its fullest potential.
“The good thing about the way the kitchen is structured is you can move in a circle, start from the left and work around,” he said.
“When we think about cooking, the number one thing you have to have is called mise en place – a French culinary phrase which essentially means everything is ready to go.
“The flow of this home kitchen really carries through to how you would cook in a professional kitchen.”
A highlight for Mr Lau was the large scullery with serving window.
“The scullery actually opens up to the outside area. So you could serve food or drink to your mates straight from the window,” he said.
“It’s just a really clean install. It’s the small design features that get me. Like the soft-close drawers. I love that.”
An avid entertainer, Mr Lau particularly enjoyed the Essastone island benchtop.
“I love that if you’re cooking and you have mates over, you can face them and have a conversation,” he said.
“There’s a bit of theatre to that, a bit of camaraderie.”
For Mr Lau, the kitchen is home.
“When you’re at home, you’re cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner in there,” he said. “It’s a place of relaxation.
“For me, the appeal of cooking at home is simple. It’s always nice to have your close friends around, open a bottle of wine and for them to enjoy something you have worked hard on.
“It puts smiles on everyone’s faces and it’s just an easy way to entertain people.”
The GO Gourmet range starts from $189,900.