When you first think of a successful chef’s kitchen you immediately imagine miles of countertop space and high-end stainless steel appliances buffed to a perfect shine. Well, think again.

Christine Haughney writes in the NYT, “…just as New York’s finest art is found on the walls of the city’s bankers and not on the walls of its celebrated artists, most apartments with chef’s kitchens are not owned or rented by real chefs. In fact, most chefs, like most other New Yorkers, struggle to stretch every cranny of kitchen space.”

She goes on to talk about the kitchen’s of chefs Anita Lo (of Annisa and “Top Chef Masters” fame),

Jehangir Mehta (“Iron Chef” contestant and restaurant owner) and Jo-Ann Makovitzky and Marco Moreira (chef owners of Tocqueville). The piece will definitely make you feel better about your own crappy kitchen.

To read the article, go here.

Photo credit: Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times