The La Cornue Experience, Part 3: The Chateau Series

In Parts 1 and 2 of The La Cornue Experience courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc., we’ve shown you the remarkable CornuFe Series and the versatile CornuFe 1908. The CornuFe ovens and cooking ranges are fine examples of the world-class cooking experience that can only be provided by La Cornue’s outstanding appliances.

Today we present the luxurious and stunning La Cornue Chateau Series. (Credit La Cornue USA)
Today we present the luxurious and stunning La Cornue Chateau Series. (Credit La Cornue USA)

Today, it is our joy to bring you the final installment of our three-part blog series on The La Cornue Experience. When one thinks of the finest cooking ranges in the world, one brand should immediately come to mind: the La Cornue Chateau Series. Referred to as the “crown jewel” of La Cornue, the Chateau is available in over 8,000 configurations, all hand-made to order based on your individual requirements, personal cooking needs and design specifications.

Based on the patented vaulted oven designed by Albert Dupuy in 1908, the Chateau Series provides an elite cooking experience customized to every owner. Utilizing the very best in oven design and a virtually limitless array of design modifications, you can be certain that your Chateau Series cooking range and oven is not only the best money can buy, but also your very own.

The Chateau Series: Your Personalized Luxury Cooking Experience

The Chateau Series is available in six sizes, from the compact Chateau 75 to the expansive, six-foot Grand Palais 180. The Chateau 75 and Chateau 90 each offer one oven in either gas or electric as well as a variety of cooktop options to meet the needs of any chef. The Chateau 120 and 150 feature two standard vaulted ovens in either gas or electric, while the Chateau 165 offers one standard and one grand vaulted oven. Finally, the Grand Palais 180 offers the very best in oven design, with one grand vaulted gas oven and one grand vaulted electric oven.

Each Chateau Series oven offers a minimum of six cooktop configurations (there are up to 11 configurations in the Chateau 150), ensuring that any Chateau can be personalized to the specific needs of your kitchen. From gas burners to French plaques, power burners to electric plates, gas lava-rock grills to electric griddles, the La Cornue Chateau Series offers versatile, world-class cooktop solutions.

The beautiful Grand Palais 180 in one of its limitless design configurations. (Credit La Cornue USA)
The beautiful Grand Palais 180 in one of its limitless design configurations. (Credit La Cornue USA)

The Grand Palais 180 is not only the most luxurious La Cornue cooking range and oven, it is also one of La Cornue’s most customizable pieces. The grand vaulted and vaulted ovens boast a powerful 22,000 BTU, and the Grand Palais is available as a full oven piece or as a Table Grand Palais for cooktop features only, providing maximum luxury in minimal space.

From brushed black to French blue, British racing green to antique white with flowers, the Chateau Series can be created in a virtually limitless combination of colors and accents. Since each Chateau Series range and oven is hand-made for you in La Cornue’s atelier outside Paris, you can be confident your personal design tastes will be catered to in meticulous fashion. And whether you prefer brass, steel or copper, your Chateau will come with the finest accent pieces.

Another view of the La Cornue Chateau Grand Palais 180. (Credit La Cornue USA)
Another view of the La Cornue Chateau Grand Palais 180. (Credit La Cornue USA)

If you wish to see the luxurious La Cornue Chateau Series for yourself, schedule an appointment to see Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom at 511 Goffle Road, Wyckoff, NJ. Our Chateau is the centerpiece of our main display, and we couldn’t be prouder of our fine relationship with La Cornue, Purcell Murray, and our Purcell Murray representative Craig Kmiecik.

Peter Salerno Inc. Offers Custom Interior Design to International Clients

Peter Salerno Welcomes International Interior Design Clients!

Peter Salerno Inc. now proudly serves international clients!
Peter Salerno Inc. now proudly serves international clients!

Peter Salerno Inc. is a custom interior design company with humble roots. It all began with Peter Salerno’s father Ross and his apprenticeship in Italy, where Ross mastered the fine art of custom woodwork and cabinetry that he would bring with him to the United States. Ross passed this knowledge down to his son Peter, whose artistic vision and internationally-inspired design theories led Peter Salerno Inc. to become one of the most awarded interior design companies in the world.

As 2014 begins, Peter and his staff are now blessed with the ability to offer custom design services to international clients! If you desire a custom Peter Salerno kitchen, bath, wine cellar or other custom interior design piece and you live outside the U.S., we are here to serve you! 

From our website: “If your budget allows and you want a one-of-a-kind Mastro Rosolino (TM) piece in your home or business; we can have it shipped to you around the world!”

Our international phone number is 00-1-201-251-6608, or you can reach us via email at If you are using email, please include the subject “International Project Request (from blog)” in your email!

Peter Salerno has been recognized with an unprecedented 23 national awards from the National Kitchen and Bath Association within the past 10 years. His designs have been published in numerous magazines, including Design New Jersey, 201 Magazine, New Jersey Home and Style, Luxury Living, The Robb Report, Woman’s Day, New York Spaces, Millionaire Magazine, 201 Magazine, K+BB, Profiles, Aspire, and Kitchen & Bath Design News, as well as other numerous trade publications.

Near the end of 2013, Peter Salerno and his staff were thrilled to begin client projects in both Canada and Russia, and their inspirational projects and passion for design have only made us more eager to serve more international clients!

If you are an international client and would like more information about Peter Salerno Inc., master designer Peter Salerno (CMKBD) and his award-winning designs, please visit our official website for more details.

No matter where you live in the world, we look forward to working with you and giving you the home designs of your dreams!

The La Cornue Experience With Master Chef Michael Latour [VIDEO]

Over the past several weeks, Peter Salerno Inc. has shared the La Cornue experience with all of you. Now, we are thrilled to show you exactly what La Cornue’s world-renowned cooking ranges and rotisseries can do, all thanks to the help of Master Chef Michael Latour.

Michael Latour visited the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom at 511 Goffle Road in Wyckoff, NJ, to prepare an exquisite three-course French cuisine experience utilizing our showroom’s beautiful La Cornue Château 120 range and Flamberge Rôtisserie. The result was nothing short of spectacular: the finest in French cuisine prepared on the finest in French cooking appliances.


Please enjoy the video below, and continue reading for more information on every aspect of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

About the La Cornue Appliances

The Château 120 range features two patented La Cornue vaulted ovens, one gas and one electric, to meet the diverse needs of any chef in any circumstance. While our cooktop features its own configuration, your Château 120 range may be customized in any one of nine different configurations.

The Château series features almost limitless combinations of cooktops, sizes, colors and accent/trim colors. Our particular Château is the Château 120 range in French blue, which provides not only world-class cooking amenities but a striking addition to the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom.

Also utilized by Master Chef Michael Latour in this special video presentation is the Flamberge Rôtisserie, an open-faced rotisserie unit set beneath a rear wall of cast iron. The evenness of the Flamberge Rôtisserie’s cooking configuration makes it the gold standard for spit roasting, roasting small game birds, vegetables, chicken or fish. The accompanying Maison La Cornue drip tray allows the chef to collect juices to accent the taste of accompanying side dishes or vegetable servings.

Once again, the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom features the Flamberge Rôtisserie in stunning French Blue to match the eye-catching beauty of our Château 120 range. For more information about La Cornue and its world-class line of cooking ranges and appliances, visit the official La Cornue USA website.

About Master Chef Michael Latour

Michael Latour’s culinary career began at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, and has progressed through the most prestigious echelons of cuisine in the greater New York metropolitan area. Master Chef Latour honed his craft in some of New York’s finest hotels, including the honor of being part of the opening team at NYC’s Four Seasons Hotel.

Master Chef Latour is specifically renowned for his mastery of French-American cuisine, the staple of his restaurant, Latour. Opened in 1998 in Ridgewood, NJ, Latour has been praised by patrons and critics alike for  every aspect of its cuisine. Latour’s latest Zagat rating offers an auspicious 26/30 rating for food and notes its “showstopping” cuisine and “lovely…Gallic setting”.

Michael Latour is an Internationally Certified Chef, and a member of the Society of Culinary Philanthropique, American Culinary Federation, International Chefs’ Association and the International Geneva Association. He is a member of the Societé Culinaire Philanthropique and is a recipient of the Gold Medal awarded by the Les Amis d’Escoffier Society Foundation for Best Sugar Work Piece in the 2010 International Hotel/Motel and Restaurant Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

For more information about Master Chef Michael Latour and his restaurant, Latour, please visit the restaurant’s official website.

About Master Chef Latour’s Menu

Here are the three courses featured in this outstanding video:

  • Appetizer: Lump Crab Strudel with Lobster Sauce Nantua Frisee
  • Entree: La Cornue Rotisserie Cornish Game Hen with Fines Herb, Potato Galette, Vegetable Julienne and Beet Gaufrette with Natural Jus
  • Dessert: Grand Marnier Souffle with Chocolate Pastel and Pulled Sugar Piece Montee

About Peter Salerno, Inc.

Peter Salerno, Inc. is family-run business stemming from three generations of artisans- not a franchise under a common name. We are committed to providing luxurious and functional spaces that compliment your lifestyle. We offer an exclusive collection of furniture and design.  From custom made kitchens and baths, to innovative entertainment centers and elaborate wine cellars- our team strives to deliver a beautiful addition to your home.

Peter’s work has been featured in multiple publications of note. He is one of a handful of HGTV’s featured Kitchen and Bath Designers, and is the recipient of numerous design awards, including the prestigious 2012 Best Large Kitchen award from the National Kitchen & Bath Assocation (NKBA) . In total, Peter was honored with an unprecedented 23 NKBA awards from 1993-2013, a mark which sets him apart in the custom interior design industry.

Peter Salerno Inc. is an Authorized Dealer of all ​La Cornue & Top Brewer Products. Our showroom features the Château 120, the CornuFé 110, the CornuFé 1908,  and the Flamberge  Rôtisserie. In addition; our showroom is soon-to-be fitted with a fully functional Top Brewer.  Peter Salerno, Inc. is also an authorized dealer of Habersham, Schaub, Amerock, & Waterstone products.​

For more information about Peter Salerno Inc., please visit our official website.

The La Cornue Experience, Part 2: The CornuFé 1908

In Part 1 of our La Cornue Experience, the staff at Peter Salerno Inc. invited you inside the world of the most prestigious line of French ovens and cooking ranges. We introduced you to the CornuFé series – the first of three varieties of cooking ranges/ovens created by La Cornue that can transform your kitchen from first-class to world-class. From the CornuFé’s versatile, powerful cooktop to your choice of one or two electric convection ovens, the CornuFé 90 and 110 series will add streamlined beauty and strength to your kitchen.

The CornuFé 1908: a beautiful range with historic significance.
The CornuFé 1908: a beautiful range with historic significance. (Credit: La Cornue, 2013. All rights reserved.) CLICK ALL PHOTOS TO ENLARGE.

As we stated in Part 1, Craig Kmiecik, the East Coast Territory Manager for La Cornue at Purcell Murray Company, gave us a guided tour of the four world-class La Cornue pieces (3 cooking ranges and a rotisserie) on display in the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom, analyzing the core benefits of each model and what each can bring to a discerning homeowner’s kitchen. It was a master class in culinary luxury and history, and we’re grateful to Craig for his time, effort and expertise.

Today, we’ll introduce you to the newest La Cornue range, one which boasts the powerful five-burner cooktop of the CornuFé with the patented gas vaulted oven of the exquisite La Cornue Château Series.

Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the astounding La Cornue CornuFé 1908.

The CornuFé 1908: the best of two La Cornue worlds.
The CornuFé 1908: the best of two La Cornue worlds. (Credit: La Cornue, 2013. All rights reserved.) CLICK ALL PHOTOS TO ENLARGE.

The CornuFé 1908: Classic Elegance, Hybrid Innovation

If you desire the opulent elegance of La Cornue’s Château Series combined with the versatile cooktop and streamlined design of the CornuFé 90 and 110, then the CornuFé 1908 is your new favorite range.

Why the “1908”, you ask? For the answer, we turn directly to the La Cornue website:

“Paris, 1908. Albert Dupuy, a gastronome and artisan with a passion for new technology, was to take advantage of the distribution of illuminating gas throughout Paris to perfect the La Cornue gas circulation Roast & Pastry cook. This brand new stove made use of laws governing the natural circulation of hot air within a revolutionary underground vaulted oven.” (credit: La Cornue USA)

The CornuFé 1908 begins with the grand vaulted oven made famous by La Cornue founder Albert Dupuy. Measuring 36″ wide, the CornuFé 1908 provides even the most demanding chef copious oven space. And the vaulted ceiling design promises thorough, even distribution of heat throughout the dish during your baking or roasting process.

A peek inside the CornuFé 1908 and its grand gas vaulted oven.
A peek inside the CornuFé 1908 and its grand gas vaulted oven. (Credit: La Cornue, 2013. All rights reserved.) CLICK ALL PHOTOS TO ENLARGE.

Next is the renowned five-burner cooktop that has come to define the  CornuFé Series. The cooktop boasts a central, 17,500 BTU burner, three 12,000 BYU burners, and one 6,000 BTU simmer burner. As an optional extra feature, your CornuFé range can also handle a griddle on the cooktop. This French-inspired five burner cooktop combines ample cooking space with unmatched power.

The powerful five-burner cooktop of the CornuFé 1908.
The powerful five-burner cooktop of the CornuFé 1908. (Credit: La Cornue, 2013. All rights reserved.) CLICK ALL PHOTOS TO ENLARGE.

The oven itself comes equipped with an exposed electric broiler and a powerful 22,000 BTU in propane or natural gas. In addition, each CornuFé 1908 comes with one pastry tray, one flat rack, and a mauviel roasting pan with trivet.

As with the CornuFé 90 and 110, the CornuFé 1908 is available in eight colors and three trim options to suit your style and taste. CornuFé ranges are available in Gloss Black, Matte Black, Pure White, Ivory White, Provence Blue, Royal Blue (the newest color option), Dark Navy Blue or Stainless Steel, and accented with Satin Chrome, Satin Chrome and Polished Copper, or Satin Chrome and Polished Brass trim.

The CornuFé 1908 in striking Dark Navy Blue with polished brass trim.
The CornuFé 1908 in striking Dark Navy Blue with Polished Brass trim. (Credit: La Cornue, 2013. All rights reserved.) CLICK ALL PHOTOS TO ENLARGE.

In Part 3 of The La Cornue Experience, we will introduce you to the “crown jewel” of the La Cornue product line: the luxurious Château Series. With over 8,000 different customized combinations, the Château is the one range you must own if you desire a one-of-a-kind range you can call your very own.

Interested in more information about La Cornue CornuFé ranges? Please give Peter Salerno a call at 201.251.6608, visit our website, or explore the beautiful world of La Cornue at Purcell Murray.

Classic French Recipe: Coq au Vin

A beautiful preparation of Coq au Vin.
A beautiful preparation of Coq au Vin. (Credit Steven de Polo, Wiki Commons)

We’ve spent so much time over the last 2 months talking about the best in French kitchen design that we’ve started to get a little hungry. And what better way to nourish ourselves after a long trip through the French countryside than with a staple of French cuisine – a classic recipe for coq au vin?

Popularized in the United States by Julia Child in both her 1961 cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and on her PBS show The French Chef, coq au vin is a traditional French dish mainly comprised of chicken (or capon) braised with wine and prepared with mushrooms, onions, garlic, lardons, and seasonings. While the traditional wine in coq au vin is Burgundy, different regions of France use local wine varieties to create their own “twists” on coq au vin. For example, Alsace is known for their coq au vin Riesling.

We thought we’d cap off the month of October – and our review of some stunning French design inspirations – by sharing a recipe for Coq au Vin, courtesy of the fine staff at SAVEUR. SAVEUR is the definitive culinary and culinary-travel magazine of its generation. It has been honored with four American Society of Magazine Editors awards (including one for general excellence) and 17 James Beard journalism awards.

Classic Coq au Vin Recipe (from SAVEUR)



4 cups red wine
1 3–4-lb. chicken, cut into 8 pieces
1 large yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced lengthwise
1 bouquet garni (12 sprigs thyme, 5 sprigs parsley, and 3 bay leaves tied together with kitchen twine)
2 tbsp. olive oil
10 oz. peeled pearl onions
12 oz. white button mushrooms, quartered
10 oz. bacon, cut into ½” pieces
3 tbsp. unsalted butter
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tbsp. flour
1 cup chicken stock
Finely chopped parsley leaves, to garnish


1. Combine wine, chicken, yellow onion, and bouquet garni in a bowl; cover with plastic wrap, and let marinate in the refrigerator at least 4 hours or overnight. Drain chicken, onions, and bouquet garni, reserving wine, and set aside. Dry chicken thoroughly with paper towels.

2. Heat oil in a 6-qt. Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add pearl onions, and cook, stirring often, until lightly browned and tender, about 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl and set aside. Add mushrooms to pot, and cook, stirring, until they release all their moisture and brown lightly, about 8 minutes. Transfer to bowl with pearl onions; set aside. Add bacon to pot, and cook, stirring, until it renders its fat and is crisp, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain; set aside. Add 1 tbsp. butter to pot, and then season chicken with salt and pepper, and add to pot; cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate, and set aside. Add drained yellow onions to pot, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 10 minutes. Add flour, and cook, stirring, until smooth, about 2 minutes. Stir in reserved wine and stock, and then return chicken to pot along with bouquet garni; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, covered and stirring occasionally, until chicken is tender, about 15 minutes.

3. Remove from heat, and stir in pearl onions and mushrooms. Divide among serving bowls, and garnish with rendered bacon and parsley.

Inspirations for French Bathroom Design

In our last post, we showed you a glimpse inside one of Peter Salerno’s latest kitchen designs – a beautiful Princeton kitchen featuring custom stonework, lush ambient light and a spacious open floor plan. Today, we’ll show you how we tied those French-inspired design elements into that home’s master bath.

Our latest custom bathroom design features painted cabinetry and an open floor plan.
Our latest custom bathroom design features painted cabinetry and an open floor plan. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

As you can see, we tied in a few core elements of the home’s kitchen design into the bathroom. First, we utilized the light painted cabinetry that Peter was inspired by on his recent trip to the Picardie region of France. We also chose the tile to reflect the kitchen’s custom stonework (a staple of design in Vence). You will also notice the spacious floor plan.

Alternate view of our French-inspired bathroom design.
Alternate view of our French-inspired bathroom design.

A look to the other region of the bathroom shows a beautiful porcelain tub set between two large windows – once again, to accentuate the copious amount of natural light this home’s location provides. A walk-in shower sits inside the far wall, and fresh linens await the user at every turn. Lastly, the brass fixtures and mounts reflect French design from the Oise region.

Interested in consulting with Peter Salerno and his team for your custom bathroom of your very own? Please feel free to visit our website and contact us today!

Peter Salerno’s Latest Kitchen: French Inspirations

If you’ve been following our blog in recent weeks, you know all about Peter Salerno’s recent visit to France and the inspiration he’s drawn from beautiful French kitchen design. From the painted kitchens of Oise to the rustic stonework in Vence, Peter’s travels provided a stunning array of diverse, spectacular interior design work.

Now, Peter and his team are proud to present one of their latest kitchen designs, pulling in elements from the finest kitchens in France. We’re proud to present several photos of this Princeton kitchen, of which we’re exceptionally proud.

Note the Vence-inspired stonework in our French kitchen.
Note the Vence-inspired stonework in our French kitchen.
A peek inside Peter Salerno's latest French-inspired kitchen.
A peek inside Peter Salerno’s latest French-inspired kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Upon entry into the kitchen, you’ll notice the use of custom stonework, an open floor plan and extensive ambient light, all of which are drawn from Vence kitchen design. The light painted cabinets are a feature of the Picardie region. And, of course, what would a beautiful French-inspired kitchen be without an authentic La Cornue oven (below)?

Our French kitchen design features a La Cornue oven (of course!)
Our French kitchen design features a La Cornue oven (of course!) 


Extensive windows bring in beautiful natural light.
Extensive windows bring in beautiful natural light.

In our next post, we’ll focus on our bathroom design for this beautiful home in Princeton, and how we tied in elements of French-inspired design to that space.

Want more information about Peter Salerno Inc.? Interested in consulting with us about your own home? Please visit our website!