A large mirror visually expands this glam dining room.
Real Housewives of Vancouver star Jody Claman gives Style at Home the star treatment in her stylish Vancouver kitchen.
It isn't all red carpets, limos and tiaras for The Real Housewives of Vancouver star Jody Claman. She’s also an accomplished chef, owner of Jody’s Fine Foods and Catering in West Vancouver and head and founder of the non-profit Larry Lunch Bucket Society, an organization that works to help feed the city’s homeless. But when she’s not doing any of that, she’s at home, playing a real housewife, cooking decadent dishes in her divinely stylish kitchen.
As a chef who also loves to play host, Jody knows the recipe for a successful dinner party: Have great lighting and wonderful smells, be organized and well prepared, and look hot, giggle and entertain. She’d never host a dinner party without glitzy details, stilettos, candles, music, booze…and a good mood. “Never cook if you’re not in a good mood. It affects the quality of the food!” says Jody.
The mix of white Caesarstone and redwood in Jody’s kitchen is as appealing as chocolate and peanut butter or wine and cheese. Chef-quality appliances are jam-packed into the kitchen, including a stainless steel fridge, five ovens, two dishwashers, one steam oven, two mini bar fridges and a massive wine cellar. (No big deal.)
The large white Caesarstone-topped kitchen island is Jody’s favourite feature in the space – it’s a spot where Jody, her husband and their three kids (when home) often hang out together. “I cook for my family at least four nights a week if I’m not travelling,” says the consummate mom and chef, “but everyone loves to participate in the prep!”
Jody uses this inherited collection of vintage silverware almost daily. “My food is handcrafted with only the finest pure ingredients, so I use the best china and cutlery to enjoy it,” she says. “I embrace every day as a special occasion.”
Family discussions and debates ensue over delicious meals at the intimate round dining table and under a stunning crystal chandelier that’s as sparkly and effervescent as its vivacious owner. “Light bounces off of it like a diamond,” says homeowner Jody Claman. A large mirror behind the table serves the same purpose and visually expands the space.
Forget the practical panini press and high-quality copper pots; we’re more interested in the decadent cotton candy machine, chocolate shaver and chocolate fountains (yes, fountains, plural) that Jody always has on hand.
Hand-painted tea cups
Jody serves up one of her most popular dishes, Divine Chocolate Soufflé, in delicate teacups detailed with intricate hand-painted imagery. “I never save anything for a certain occasion – I use it all with great care and joy,” she says. Jody’s other unexpected ways to serve food? “In the nude! Blindfolded!” She celebrates cooking with the same playful joie de vivre we associate her with on the show.
Why should a wine cellar be used solely for stocking wine? Jody uses her walk-in wine cellar to not only save a selection of bottles (including a prestigious bottle of 1947 Cheval Blanc), but also store her exotic vintage furs.