The Grothouse Butcher blocks featured in House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year

Grothouse butcher blocks will be featured in both the indoor and outdoor cooking environments

House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year with Tyler FlorenceGrothouse has been chosen by House Beautiful magazine for its annual “Kitchen of the Year.” Grothouse products will be featured in both the indoor and outdoor cooking environments. Tyler Florence, noted chef, Food Network host and House Beautiful contributing editor, is designing this year’s kitchen, described as a “perfect union of tradition, functionality and warm, welcoming design.” The 1,000-square-foot kitchen and, for the first time, an adjoining 1,500-square-foot outdoor kitchen will be located in the heart of Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. The Kitchen of the Year will be open to the public from Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22.

Chopping and cutting surfaces are essential to a well-designed and functional kitchen. As the butcher block sponsor, the indoor kitchen will feature a Sapele Mahogany Grothouse work table, designed by Tyler Florence. “We have worked in tandem with Tyler to create an heirloom table that will provide an essential work surface and adds the desired warmth to the space,” said Paul Grothouse, owner of Grothouse. The work table features a 4″ thick chopping surface with integrated knife slots and five drawers for convenient storage. The functionality of the work table is optimized by rolling casters, permitting the work table to be positioned anywhere in the kitchen. The table is artfully designed with clean contemporary lines in rich brown mahogany hues.

The outdoor kitchen will feature an American Cherry cutting board. The end grain butcher block is the preferred construction for serious chefs, as end grain does not dull knives and surface scratches and nicks can be easily sanded out. The rich American Cherry butcher block compliments the gray stone of the outdoor kitchen and is removable for cleaning and winter storage.

Additional information about the Kitchen of the Year can be found on the House Beautiful website, housebeautiful.com/KOTY.

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