Italian Chef Kitchen Decor

Michelle Radcliff
Tuscany style kitchen

Italian chef kitchen décor is a decorating style that includes everything you would find in a professional Italian chef's kitchen. It can include the little chubby ceramic Italian chefs that have been made into a variety of kitchen utensils, serveware, tableware and other kitchen décor. You can even combine an Italian style kitchen with these jolly little chefs.

Fat Italian Chef Kitchen Decor

Perhaps it's an occupational hazard or possibly just a stereotype, but gourmet French and Italian chefs are depicted in collectible ceramic kitchen decor as rolly-poly, fat little chefs. One can hard to be surprised, with all the hearty sauces, pasta and rich decadent desserts that these type of chefs painstakingly and lovingly create.

It might not be politically correct, however, the ceramic and wall art representations of the finest culinary chefs have come to be known as fat Italian kitchen chefs, French fat chefs or simply fat chefs.

Fat chef kitchen decor features a very plump chef wearing a white chef's hat, white chef's top, black pants and shoes and usually a red scarf. The Italian chefs have dark hair and often, a dark mustache. Fat Italian chef kitchen decor items include:

  • Bread boxes
  • Clocks
  • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Canister sets
  • Wall decor
  • Utensil holders
  • Pitchers
  • Spoon rests
  • Dinnerware sets
  • Mirrors
  • Cookie Jars
  • Soap dispensers
  • Oven mitts
  • Paper towel holders
  • Wine bottle holders
  • Tortilla warmers

Where to Buy

These jolly looking Italian chefs are popular kitchen decor items for online retailers that specialize in kitchen decor. You can find them at the following retailers:

Decorating Your Kitchen with an Italian Chef Theme

Obviously, the kitchen style that goes best with these cute little Italian chefs is an Italian style kitchen. The most popular style for this kind of kitchen would be a Tuscan style kitchen. Tuscany is a region in north central Italy. It has a mild, warm climate and is well-known for a picturesque countryside with gentle, green rolling hills, cypress trees, country farmhouses and lots of vineyards. Tuscan kitchen design incorporates warm, earth tone colors such as sienna, terra and sepia. Other elements you would find in Tuscan design include natural wood, wrought-iron, mosaic tile and marble. Painted wall murals, wallpaper borders or hand painted mosaic tiles depicting grapes, grapevines, vineyards, olives and tomatoes help give your kitchen a Tuscan look. Marble countertops and a display of copper cookware would also be found in a Tuscan style kitchen.

The types of things you would find in most Italian chefs' kitchens might include hanging baskets filled with fresh tomatoes, onions and garlic cloves. Fresh herbs would be grown in the kitchen window. Glass bottles filled with oil and different peppers and hanging pot racks filled with cookware would work in an Italian themed kitchen. A good Italian chef needs wine to cook with, both for wine based sauces and for passing the time while flavors infuse. Therefore, a countertop wine rack could be considered a staple in an Italian kitchen.

If you're really unfamiliar with Italian or Tuscan style decorating, browse through some images of kitchens with this decorating style. Try the following sites for ideas and inspiration:

Modern Italian kitchens have a lot of stainless steel appliances and very modern looking, colorful cabinets. Some even have stainless steel counters. These ultra modern, sleek, contemporary kitchens are a stark contrast from the country look of Tuscan style kitchens.

Some fat Italian chef kitchen décor would work in a modern Italian kitchen, especially the ones that show the black and white tiled floor. This gives the decor an art deco, retro kind of appearance.

The Many Faces of Italian Decorating

Whether you prefer rustic country or modern contemporary design, an Italian chef kitchen is a fun decorating style.

Italian Chef Kitchen Decor