During goop gift guide research season, our VP of content, Kate Wolfson, never really knows what will show up at her door for a test-drive. This year, one of the most intriguing contenders was a following robot with a name, an impressive résumé (takes direction, can carry up to forty pounds, dresses professionally), and some serious follow-the-leader skills.
Our goop test kitchen is nothing short of a dream—airy, open shelves! high ceilings! movable butcher-block islands! marble countertops!—that was over a year in the planning and the making. We centered the design around a sleek, high-tech range that has everything (including a sous-vide function) but the kitchen sink. Because the goop kitchen functions year-round in holiday-ish mode (events, multiple dishes being made at once), food director Catlin O’Malley relies on a deep cast of must-have essentials to keep the deliciousness coming, no matter how busy it gets.