100+ Best Kitchen Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational kitchen quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

Famous Kitchen Quotes

We secretly believe that if only we achieve some elusive goal – fitting into a pair of skinny jeans, or redoing our kitchen or getting that promotion – that it will make us happy. But the pain of our insecurity is hidden in all that racing around. — Dani Shapiro

My grandfather was a chef for a Baron in Sicily before he came to America. I grew up with him. I used to do my homework at one end of the kitchen table while he cooked at the other end. — Vincent Schiavelli

I have a toy giraffe on my bed. I’ve got photographs over my desk as well as a mask of a giraffe in my kitchen. I am totally hooked. — Joanna Lumley

But our waking life, and our growing years, were for the most part spent in the kitchen, and until we married, or ran away, it was the common room we shared. — Laurie Lee

Every week I have a disaster in my kitchen. The fire alarm goes off repeatedly. But it doesn’t stop me being adventurous. — Paul O’Grady

I just never saw my mother in any other room but the kitchen. There were always pots going. — Alan King

The kitchen oven is reliable, but it’s made us lazy. — Jamie Oliver

Get in your kitchens, buy unprocessed foods, turn off the TV, and prepare your own foods. This is liberating. — Joel Salatin

The most important thing in the kitchen is the waste paper basket and it needs to be centrally located. — Donald Knuth

I always had a fantasy of being a chef, because I like kitchen life. — Geoffrey Rush

‘Cooking Lucky’ is a show for guys – or girls – or really for anyone who is all thumbs in the kitchen and needs some help cooking meals that are so incredibly impressive they make it look like you’ve been slaving in the kitchen all day when in reality, they are so effortless to put together that even a moron can do it. — Eden Riegel

I think a lot of people have a misconception of what the kitchen is about, but you know the grueling part of it is also the pleasure of it. That’s why I think you have to have a certain mentality to understand what that is and be able to handle it. — Todd English

And with the money from your corn, from your rents, and from the issues of pleas in your courts, and from your stock, arrange the expenses of your kitchen and your wines and your wardrobe and the wages of servants, and subtract your stock. — Robert Grosseteste

Culinary tradition is not always based on fact. Sometimes it’s based on history, on habits that come out of a time when kitchens were fueled by charcoal. — Alton Brown

There’s only a couple times when fame is ever helpful. Sometimes you can get into a restaurant where the kitchen is just closing. Sometimes you can avoid a traffic violation. But the only time it really matters is in the emergency room with your kids. That’s when you want to be noticed, because it’s very easy to get forgotten in an ER. — Bill Murray

I don’t need the water to be inspired. My stories inspire me, not the location of where I’m parked. And good thing, since I’ve had to finish books in airports, in the RV we used to have, the lake house, while on vacation, at home, in the kitchen when my office PC was on the fritz. — Lori Foster

No matter what the recipe, any baker can do wonders in the kitchen with some good ingredients and an upbeat attitude! — Buddy Valastro

If there’s something in the kitchen I like, it must be eaten. I try not to leave any snacks I wouldn’t want to eat on a daily basis in the cupboard. — Jenna Ushkowitz

I learned to cook in self-defense. My wife doesn’t know what a kitchen is. In the first month of our marriage, she broiled lamb chops 26 nights in a row. Then I took over. I used to mind her not caring about food, but no more – as long as I can eat what I want. — Alan King

My temper manifests itself when I can’t find something. I could swear that there is a plot against me to put kitchen utensils in the wrong drawers. — Tom Conti

I believe that anyone can cook a great meal. Basically all you need to do is get your hands on some fresh ingredients and not be afraid to make a mess in the kitchen. — Nadia Giosia

If you can’t stand the heat in the dressing-room, get out of the kitchen — Terry Venables

I lived my whole life in the kitchen. Not only that, but it’s the passion, it’s the love for cooking and food. It’s dictated my entire life — every aspect of it. So, in some ways, the thought of not being able to do that anymore radically affects your life. — Grant Achatz

I was raised by a single psychologist mother and we spent every evening sitting at the kitchen table and dissecting our emotions and speculating about the inner life of everyone we knew. — Annie Baker

I call all chefs ‘cooks.’ They’re all cooks. That’s what we do, we cook. You’re a chef when you’re running a kitchen. — Tom Colicchio

I started in the kitchen of a Holiday Inn in Birmingham. I wanted to be a sponge, wanted to learn and progress. I knew I didn’t want to work in a hotel forever, but I had some good teachers there. — April Bloomfield

When I was in high school, I liked to pretend that I was a Russian foreign exchange student. I would do things like go into a pizza restaurant and tell them Id never had pizza before, and theyd bring me into the kitchen and show me how to make an American pizza. Its really fun. — Misha Collins

It’s like a kitchen, acting. Put a chef in a kitchen and they will have different recipes. Whatever your recipe, what works for you won’t work for another. — Carole Bouquet

I love hospitality, and I love cooking. The kitchen is where I feel most at ease and where I feel most like myself. — Geoffrey Zakarian

When you have a chef that wants to be in the spotlight, maybe after one or two appearances on a show, they think they’re at a certain level that they haven’t reached yet in the kitchen. Shows like ‘Top Chef’, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ have helped bring attention to the culinary world. — Geoffrey Zakarian

You can have fantasies about having control over the world, but I know I can barely control my kitchen sink. That is the grace I’m given. Because when one can control things, one is limited to one’s own vision. — Kiki Smith

Cooking classes are a great way to hone your skills, learn new recipes, and meet like-minded friends. Spending time in the kitchen with people who love to cook as much as you do is fun and educational. — Homaro Cantu

I grew up with my parents in the kitchen discussing the audition my dad had that day or moaning about something or other in the industry, so it was unglamourised and normalised for me from a very young age. — Bel Powley

We never had a bathtub. Mom would bathe me in the wooden or tin washtub in the kitchen, or in a big lard can. — Ethel Waters

Woe to us if we get our satisfaction from the food in the kitchen and the TV in the den and the sex in the bedroom with an occasional tribute to the cement blocks in the basement! — John Piper

I was always very aware of drummers. My oldest brother Henry was a drummer, and he drummed on everything in the house from the kitchen sink to stovepipes. He was the first drummer in the Gil Evans Orchestra, so you’ve got to know how great he was. — Dave Brubeck

You don’t have to be a chef or even a particularly good cook to experience proper kitchen alchemy: the moment when ingredients combine to form something more delectable than the sum of their parts. — Erin Morgenstern

Ray Bradbury has a vacation house in Palm Springs, California, in the desert at the base of the Santa Rosa mountains. It’s a Rat Pack-era affair, with a chrome-and-turquoise kitchen and a small swimming pool in back. — Sam Weller

A big thing that gets people in trouble in the kitchen is not reading the recipe from start to finish before you cook it. Before you start anything, read through the entire recipe once. — Gail Simmons

Some of our most exquisite murders have been domestic, performed with tenderness in simple, homey places like the kitchen table. — Alfred Hitchcock

A kitchen without a knife is not a kitchen. — Masaharu Morimoto

This kitchen is completely calm. Some of the old-fashioned chefs – they become kings in their kitchen, they’ve got to be called chef. But I don’t care if someone calls me chef or Heston, it really doesn’t bother me. — Heston Blumenthal

I’m very interested in my new kitchen equipment shop. I’ve started it with two friends. — Elizabeth David

Developing games for the PC and consoles is all about everything and the kitchen sink. In many ways, you don’t have design decisions to make. You do it all. So I enjoy going back to making decisions about what’s important as I’m working on a game. — John Carmack

I was chef to the French Presidents between ’56 and ’59, finished with de Gaulle, and during de Gaulle I remember serving Eisenhower, Nehru, Tito, Macmillan; those were the heads of state at the time. I never saw anyone. No one would ever, ever, ever come to the kitchen. You couldn’t even see them. — Jacques Pepin

My two sisters and I sang all the time. Whenever we cleaned the kitchen, we sang in three-part harmony. — Kina Grannis

And on a Canadian set, everybody is equal. You get paid the same. You live together in barracks. You have a communal kitchen. You buy and cook your own food. — Sandra Oh

It’s the sense of what family is at the dinner table. It was the joy of knowing mother was in the kitchen making our favorite dish. I wish more people would do this and recall the joy of life. — Paul Prudhomme

One of my favorite traditions is that my sisters and I, we all wear the same pajamas. I’ve even still got some from when I was 6. Also, I’ll always remember cooking together in the kitchen and that no matter how busy our schedules are, we are all together for Christmas. — Bailee Madison

The best thing I have is the knife from Fatal Attraction. I hung it in my kitchen. It’s my way of saying, Don’t mess with me. — Glenn Close

Women oftentimes are the ones making those economic decisions, sitting around the kitchen table and trying to figure out how to pay for rising gas prices or food prices or the health insurance costs. And I think that they see where they expect their leaders in Congress to also make those tough decisions. — Cathy McMorris Rodgers

I had to have a large kitchen because I look to cook — Traci Bingham

I’ve never cooked. I can’t do much more in the kitchen than make a cup of tea and some toast. — Ethel Merman

I’m definitely a messy person… I know where everything is but I just can’t organize. I don’t make lists and find scripts on the laundry machine, and under my bed, or in the bathroom, kitchen. It’s bad, I really need to take control. — Katie Holmes

My kids are always in the kitchen with me – I bring them to the bakery and let them decorate cakes, and they also try to help me and my wife, Lisa, cook dinner at night. — Buddy Valastro

For me, relationships are the real action movies. Bombs are exploding every day and the kitchen is Ground Zero. — Michelle Williams

The Momofuku Culinary Lab started as a space where we could focus on creating and innovating. I didn’t want us to worry about working on projects in a restaurant; there are just too many distractions in service and running a kitchen to be able to focus on creating your dishes. — David Chang

I love lifestyle stuff, I love housewares. I’m really a homebody, honestly. Anything to do with my kitchen, or my house, I’m all about it. I’m working on a sauce line, so that’s kind of exciting. I’m a saucier. — Kelis

I love to design and remodel houses, from working with the contractors to picking the colours, materials, kitchen and bathroom accessories to finally what furniture goes where. — Olivia Newton-John

By the time I was 30, nobody would work with me. I was friendless, I was hopeless, I was suicidal, lost my family – I mean, it was bad. Bottomed out, didn’t know what I was going to do. I actually thought I was going to be a chef – go to work in a kitchen someplace. — Glenn Beck

When I was writing my column, I would almost always be recognized when I was in a restaurant, even if I was reviewing it and had booked under a fake name, so free stuff would start coming out of the kitchen on a conveyer belt, fantastic wines would be opened at my table. Now I can’t even get a reservation on the pizza joint on the corner. — Toby Young

Even if the chef has a good business head, his focus should be behind kitchen doors. A business partner should take care of everything in front of the kitchen doors. — Bobby Flay

It doesn’t take money to have style, it just takes a really good eye. Sometimes you can find amazing culinary antiques that will make it feel like an old French kitchen. — Tyler Florence

There aren’t many great passages written about food, but I love one by George Millar, who worked for the SOE in the second world war and wrote a book called ‘Horned Pigeon.’ He had been on the run and hadn’t eaten for a week, and his description of the cheese fondue he smells in the peasant kitchen of a house in eastern France is unbelievable. — Sebastian Faulks

I was about five years old when I was eating soup in our kitchen, and as I was lifting the spoon towards my mouth, it bent and broke in half. — Uri Geller

In examining the potential of individuals, we must focus on their strengths and not just their mistakes. We cannot be limited by what they may have spilled in the kitchen. — William Pollard

As I see it, a green salad is an open invitation to carrots, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, and the sprouts that grow in jars on my kitchen counter. — Victoria Moran

The kitchen’s a laboratory, and everything that happens there has to do with science. It’s biology, chemistry, physics. Yes, there’s history. Yes, there’s artistry. Yes, to all of that. But what happened there, what actually happens to the food is all science. — Alton Brown

Today’s kitchen is all about a well-planned space that makes cooking a completely interactive experience among family and friends. — Candice Olson

I can cook really well. I started cooking as a kid, so I can fend for myself in the kitchen and even do a little gourmet action. — Ty Pennington

I hope we can get back to what I call the kitchen table. Everyday issues that people are really worried about and focused on. — Dick Gephardt

I train my chefs completely different to anyone else. My young girls and guys, when they come to the kitchen, the first thing they get is a blindfold. They get blindfolded and they get sat down at the chef’s table… Unless they can identify what they’re tasting, they don’t get to cook it. — Gordon Ramsay

I am simply not interested in the pots and pans affair, and neither can I bring myself to be interested in the same. I have such great cooks in the family that I would rather manage the other affairs and leave the kitchen to those who know it best. — Kajol

There’s a bond among a kitchen staff, I think. You spend more time with your chef in the kitchen than you do with your own family. — Gordon Ramsay

If you look at the statistics, people spend most of their time in the kitchen. Aside from the backyard, it’s one of my favorite places to renovate. — Vanilla Ice

The kitchen may not get cleaned, and I have to accept that. I do the important things. — Jasmine Guy

I want witchcraft so bad that I can’t stand it. I have wands in my apartment. And I use them sometimes. I walk into the kitchen with my wand, and I come out with something on a platter and I say, ‘See, magic happens.’ Works every time. — Amy Sedaris

If there is to be any hope of prosperity for this country it is by reversing that policy which made us simply the kitchen garden for supplying the British with cheap food. — Eamon de Valera

Know you food, know your farmers, and know your kitchen. — Joel Salatin

I am spoiled, it’s true. I don’t even know how to use that thing in the kitchen with the burners. — Cindy Margolis

I love to create this green juice shake made from kale, spinach, cucumber and wheatgrass. The nutrients in the juice help me recover after a tough workout. The Kale Banana Smoothie at LYFE Kitchen is very similar to my recipe and is fantastic. — Troy Polamalu

It’s not that bad things never happen. But there’s a pattern in which most people are calm, resourceful, altruistic, and they improvise emergency systems that work really well – whether it’s getting the babies out of a collapsed hospital or putting together a community kitchen to feed everybody for the next few months. — Rebecca Solnit

When you turn from one room to the next, when your animal senses no longer perceive the sounds of the dishwasher, the ticking clock, the smell of a chicken roasting – the kitchen and all its seemingly discrete bits dissolve into nothingness – or into waves of probability. — Robert Lanza

Are you kidding? I’m a terrible cook, but John is a really great one. Literally, I never cook. The whole time we were dating, I prepared two officially romantic meals. Both of them were such disasters that he begs me never to go into the kitchen again. — Rebecca Romijn

I’m a complete foodie, but I’m a terrible cook. If a guy can get me in the kitchen and we actually have fun cooking, that’s amazing. — Emily Ratajkowski

Whenever I have even a spare second, I’m in the kitchen whipping up a batch of cookies. I make a mean batch of chocolate chippers. — Karlie Kloss

If men can quilt and take over the kitchen, then women can pick up a wrench and fix a leaky pipe. — Hanna Rosin

Good kitchen equipment is expensive, but most items last a lifetime and will pay for themselves over and over again — Delia Smith

I feel most comfortable in an old pair of jeans, Converse, and a man’s jersey. My best friend cuts my hair with kitchen scissors. — Jane Birkin

The best way to get anybody’s attention is dinner. I have good kitchen skills and good grocery shopping skills. — Al Roker

My plans are not to open a restaurant, but what I would like to do is open a kitchen somewhere in D.C. proper and have a chefs table where people can come and taste my food without having to have a catered event. — Carla Hall

I always feel like the editing room is like coming into the kitchen. What kind of a meal do you make from there? It can be anything. — Brit Marling

I probably use my chef’s knives more than any other tool in the kitchen. I’m not married to a particular brand, because they all work, they all have sharp blades. — Bobby Flay

The movie theater is never going away. If that was a case why are there still restaurants? People still have kitchens in their home! — Michael Moore

My grandmother was the greatest cook in the world. She could just go in there, the whole kitchen would look like a tornado hit it and then she’d come out with the best food. Then she’d sit at the table and she wouldn’t eat! — Edie Brickell

I’d happily just stay on the road. Getting home from America, sitting in my kitchen with a cup of tea, staring out of the window is pretty depressing. I didn’t have a tour manager to tell me what to do so I had to start reaching out to people and making plans. That was hard. You become very vegetable-y. — Ben Lovett

My kitchen linoleum is so black and shiny that I waltz while I wait for the kettle to boil. This pleasure is for the old who live alone. — Florida Scott-Maxwell

Even when I lost my job at CBS News, I set up shop in my youngest daughter’s bedroom and started Brainstormin’ Productions and the Hannah Storm Foundation. And guess who was there, visiting me and enthusiastically making business charts and graphs that covered my entire kitchen table? My dad, of course. — Hannah Storm

It’s amazing the relationships you forge in a kitchen. When you cooperate in an environment that’s hot. Where there’s a lot of knives. You’re trusting your well-being with someone you’ve never before met or known. — Alexandra Guarnaschelli

Everything from airplanes to kitchen blenders and even chopsticks comes with an instruction manual. Children, despite all their complexity, do not. — Lawrence Kutner

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