The Real Cost of a Gourmet Kitchen

By Fred Jespersen - 2011-12-15T00:07:15Z

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There is one "must" for every gourmet kitchen: powerful equipment. "A gourmet kitchen needs high BTUs," says Ochs, who is also a former restaurateur. "You want to be able to blast heat and have a lot of fire when you need it."

$13,999: Range with porcelain cooktop, griddle, and grill, and 22,000 BTUs. Thermador Pro Grand Steam Range, 48" -- Universal Appliance & Kitchen Center

$2,459: A powerful range needs a serious ventilation system -- Thermador 48'' Professional Series 48'' Wall Hood -- Universal Appliance & Kitchen

$1,000: Ductwork by contractor for wall hood, estimated cost from contractors

Running Tally: $17,458