When Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson, co-owners of the Tartine empire in San Francisco, moved into their circa 1960 Castro district home back in 2015, they were the first occupants after a gut remodel—so they neither got to choose what filled out their new kitchen nor know who designed it.
Along with their daughter and two cats, the pair moved out of the house earlier this year, and aren’t yet certain what their next home kitchen has in store. But while in limbo, Prueitt shared with us her reflections on what made her Castro kitchen great, and what she’d do differently next time.
Prueitt’s favorite part of the kitchen was the island. “Perhaps it’s having worked in restaurants where we have a ‘pass’ to land the food before it goes out,” she said, but the island has become a home kitchen mainstay for the star chef: “Even if I have a small kitchen in the future, I’ll make sure there’s an island.”
The kitchen opens to the dining room, which opens, via sliding glass doors, onto a concrete patio with an outdoor dining set and grill.
Another perk of a kitchen island, says Prueitt, is that it’s ideal when hosting guests—either as the buffet station, or “to place predinner snacks so people can snack and talk to the cook.”