Sunday, December 4, 2011

Do Celebrities Really Cook in These Kitchens?

Some celebrities act, some sing and dance, and a few of them direct, design clothing lines and have television shows. But the question is: Can they cook?

It’s an especially appropriate question given the kinds of cooking spaces certain actors and singers have at their disposal.

As the holidays near, we’re taking a look at some of the most glamorous celebrity kitchens, perfect for roasting a ham, stuffing a turkey or, perhaps more realistically, hiring someone else to do all the slicing, dicing and pan washing.

Brad Pitt’s Kitchen

Brad Pitt (Source: People magazine)

According to the Huffington Post, Brad and Angelina have never been big cooks, which may explain why Brad’s bachelor pad in Malibu has a kitchen that looks more appropriate for mixing drinks than making dinner.

Brad bought the slice of beachfront Malibu real estate in 2005 for $8.41 million — shortly after his split from Jennifer Aniston. He spent several million customizing the mid-century modern, but as he and Angelina spend most their time in Europe, he listed the home for $13.75 million.

And perhaps Brad will have lots more time in a kitchen somewhere since hefloated the idea of retiring from acting in three years.

Jennifer Aniston’s Kitchen

Jennifer Aniston (Source: IMDb)

Not only is Jennifer Aniston the leading lady of Hollywood, but lately she’s been a leading lady of real estate. She picked up a penthouse in New York’s West Village in April for $5.9 million. Now celebrity real estate blogs have been chasing rumors that Aniston and current beau Justin Theroux are in the market for a different Manhattan apartment.

Her kitchen in the West Village penthouse is on the smaller side for an A-Lister, but Aniston didn’t just grab one penthouse. She took two next to each other and likely has plans for big a kitchen expansion. Regardless of future real estate plans, Aniston will have to make do with the sleek space and stainless steel appliances that already make up her cooking quarters.

Taylor Swift’s Kitchen

Taylor Swift (Source: IMDb)

Country songstress Taylor Swift decided to go Hollywood by picking up a new California estate this past year. She bought a private piece of Beverly Hills real estate for $3.97 million. Perhaps the thing that may have swayed the Grammy-award winning artist is the spacious kitchen.

Taylor occasionally posts on Twitter that she’s baking or cooking and this kitchen looks like the perfect place to do both — or, maybe just eat the cookie dough.

With an enormous double-door refrigerator and large butcher-block counter, Swift’s kitchen will be perfect for her late-night cooking sessions.

Christina Aguilera’s Kitchen

Christina Aguilera (Source: IMDb)

Another blonde songbird, Christina Aguilera, may not have the same passion for cooking as Taylor Swift, but if she ever decided to let loose her inner Julia Child, Aguilera has the space for it.

Christina’s funky kitchen was previously occupied by a British mob with a spaced-out dad, clear-headed mom, their two rambunctious kids and a collection of small dogs with varying degrees of bladder control issues. Yes, the Osbournes filmed many scenes of their reality TV show in the kitchen for this home, which was more about mayhem and mishaps than anything culinary, including the episode where daughter Kelly nearly set the kitchen on fire.

Christina’s home is currently on the Beverly Hills real estate market for $13.5 million.

Ryan Reynolds’ Kitchen

Ryan Reynolds (Source: Screenscoop)

Ryan Reynolds has been a hot commodity in the gossip mags as he continues to date “Gossip Girl” star Blake Lively. While the pair have been spotted holding hands while walking the streets of New York or grabbing a bite at quiet restaurants, maybe Ryan has wooed Blake by cooking her dinner at home, too?

His previous kitchen in L.A. would have been ideal to prepare a home-cooked meal, featuring granite countertops and French doors opening to a patio perfect for dining al fresco.

Ryan bought the Hollywood Hills home before his marriage to Scarlett Johansson and has it currently listed for a loss, at $1,599,000.

Kardashians’ Kitchen

Kim Kardashian (Source: People)

Another reality TV family, the Kardashians, had their share of kitchen moments as well. Owned by Kris and Bruce Jenner, this Hidden Hills mansion was the filming location of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and home base for Kim, Kourtney and the rest of the girls.

While Kim Kardashian isn’t necessarily known for her cooking (presently, she’s known for her 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries) her mom, Kris, did her fair share in the marble and granite kitchen.

The Kardashian clan moved out of the home when they listed the property for $3.395 million in 2008.

Will Smith’s Kitchen

Will Smith (Source: JustJared)

The multi-talented Will Smith was a Philly-born rapper who got his start in Hollywood as a teen adjusting to the ritzy life in L.A. in TV’s “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” He has since moved on to be one of Hollywood’s leading men and producers, not to mention father of some budding movie screen stars.

But does the Fresh Prince’s artistic abilities translate into the kitchen?

While Will spends most of his time in L.A. homes with his family, he temporarily rented a NoHo apartment in Manhattan in 2010 while filming “Men In Black III.” Will dropped a reported $55,000 a month for the penthouse which not only boasts skyline views, steam shower, wood-burning fireplace but a “performance kitchen” with two of everything and plenty of room for the Smith crew.

Penelope Cruz’s Kitchen

Penelope Cruz (Source: Topnews)

Penelope Cruz has starred in some sweet, savory and fiery roles, including her Oscar-winning performance in the Woody Allen flick “Vickie Cristina Barcelona,” where she teamed up with the man who became her husband, Javier Bardem. The question is whether the Spanish-born star has produced any award-winning fare in the gourmet kitchen of her “Balinese-Modern home,” which features granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

The piece of Hollywood Hills real estate is located in a cul-de-sac near the Sunset Strip and has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The Oscar-winning actress put the home on the market after giving birth to her first child earlier this year.

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