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Cooking Up A Storm With Chef Gary Usher & Elite Bistros

A New Kitchen Studio for the Elite Bistros Team

Introducing the new kitchen studio at Elite Bistros HQ in Hoole, Chester – A beautiful example of our Vard range in Doll and Tusk. Now it’s time for us to start cooking up a storm with Elite Bistros…

The Elite Bistros Group

The Elite Bistros group currently spans 7 restaurants across the Northwest with sites in Didsbury, Manchester city centre, Prescott, Hoole, Liverpool city centre and Heswall, with plans for more sites to join in the future.

As well as these restaurants, the team also tackle weddings and events with some outstanding menus, and they even offer their restaurant quality food, fully prepped, delivered to your door in their ‘Elite Bistros At Home’ boxes. The perfect opportunity to take credit for their fantastic food!

Cooking Up A Storm With Elite Bistros
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More Than a Chain of Restaurants

With all the expertise that Gary and the team have, it made sense to share them with the world. Having seen huge success with sold-out dining evenings at their headquarters, they wanted to expand their offering and give their customers an opportunity to come behind the scenes and enter the kitchen themselves. Thus, the idea of a kitchen studio was born.

Cooking Up A Storm With Elite Bistros
Pictured: Chef Gary Usher in his new kitchen studio

Feeling at Home

Whilst their headquarters has a vast, sparklingly clean, stainless steel industrial kitchen on the ground floor, Gary was keen that when presenting to customers and teaching them how to cook his mouth-watering food, he should be doing so in an environment that is familiar to them, not alien. So, on their mezzanine, he decided to build a kitchen fit for a grand country home.

Pictured: Chef Gary Usher in his new kitchen studio

Cooking Up A Storm With Elite Bistros… On Social Media

In his search for a new kitchen, Gary reached out to Twitter, a place that had provided great success in supporting him in the past, with his crowdfunding on the social network setting records! As fate would have it, Smile Kitchens found the post and sent Gary a message. After a few conversations, our designer Corinne was tasked with designing the kitchen. Gary had a clear vision for what he was looking to achieve and gave us a detailed brief, which Corinne ran with. See below the original design.

Cooking Up A Storm With Elite Bistros
Pictured: Design by Corinne – Standard 3D image given to all customers

Gary’s Inspiration

After seeing this photo on our website, Gary knew instantly that he wanted to match the look and feel of that kitchen in his own. Using this as inspiration, we created his kitchen in our Vard range using the dusky pink of Doll and the soothing grey of Tusk.

Vard in Tusk and Doll
Pictured: Vard in Tusk and Doll

The Devil’s in the Details

The details really elevate a kitchen from being ‘nice’ to being something special. Let’s dive into the details of this kitchen… We added warmth with a solid oak worktop. To embrace the farmhouse stylings, we opted for a Carron Phoenix Belfast sink – a classic, sophisticated style. To develop the modern aesthetic, we paired our Vard range, with its contemporary slim shaker frame, with brass accessories throughout with the tap, Fold handles, and shelf brackets all matching in tone.

Cooking Up A Storm With Elite Bistros

The Butler’s Pantry

Gary and Smile were both keen that this modern take on a traditional style kitchen featured a Butler’s Pantry. An iconic unit that adds a further touch of elegance and a wow factor to the space. A common feature in historic and period homes, the concept of a pantry has made a comeback over recent years. Thanks to the growth in organisation content on social media, pantries, and storage solutions have seen a huge amount of growth as a category. Everyone is keen to have a beautifully organised, instagramable kitchen. And Gary is no different…

Cooking Up A Storm With Elite Bistros
Pictured: Butler’s Pantry in Vard, Tusk

“Corinne and the Smile Kitchens team have been a joy to work with. From initial design right down to the delivery driver our experience has been faultless and smooth. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Smile Kitchens to any of my friends and family.”

– Ashley, Elite Bistros

Not Just a Masterclass

With this kitchen studio in place, Gary and the team at Elite Bistros won’t just be running cookery masterclasses here, they will be creating content and sharing it with the world too. Why cook and create for the few when you can do it for the many? A notion shared by the world with cooking and food becoming a huge trend across social media in the last few years.

Delicious Discounts

In return for helping them with their kitchen, Elite Bistros have given Smile Kitchens a number of discounted meals to give to our customers! If you’d like to get your hands on a voucher for 20% off at Elite Bistros, just ask your kitchen designer and we’ll send you a card to take with you on your visit.

If you’re interested in keeping up with Elite Bistros and seeing what they get up to in their new kitchen studio you can find more on their website or Instagram!

Cooking Up A Storm With Elite Bistros
Pictured: Belfast sink, Brass tap, Fold handle range in Brass

Exclusive Kitchen Design Service

If you’d like to find out more about our Vard range, you can find it here. The design service here at Smile puts you, the customer, at the forefront. We want to make sure you get the kitchen you’re dreaming of at a cost that works for you. Our designers are just that – designers – not salespeople like a lot of kitchen companies. They’re paid a great salary, not on commission. So you can be assured they have your best interests at heart!

Speak to us today to get your kitchen journey started and move one step closer to having your new kitchen. Our team of dedicated designers is on-hand and ready to help make your dream kitchen a reality. Or, if you’d rather have a go at planning your own kitchen layout, why not use our free online kitchen planner?

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