Lacanche, Cornufe, or Bertazzoni Range with Bosch 500, DCS wall oven for small kitchen?
I am looking for an LP gas range, 36" or larger. Ideally, I'd like two ovens - one gas and one electric - and I'm ambivalent about an oven convection feature. In terms of looks, the professional style ranges do not appeal to me. So, I'm hoping I can get the kind of performance I want in the European-style package. Eye-appeal, performance, and cost-for-what-you-get are primary reasons for considering the Lacanche, Cornufé and Bertazzoni ranges. If I could find one at the right price, I'm not opposed to a used La Cornue, Molteni or similar range.
I prefer knobs to electronic displays. I'm always in a hurry to get things done and I'm one of those people who burns herself and chops-off fingertips, so design, ease of use and ergonomics are important to me. My husband jokes that after I cook, FEMA needs to come in to clean-up! Regardless, I'm persnickety about quality of build in all things, and when I cook, I want a stove top and oven to heat evenly, I don't want things to feel flimsy and I want them to last. I'm looking for a stovetop that has at least five burners, a low simmer and also puts out enough heat to stir-fry effectively (I'm torn between a French plate and power-burner). I'd prefer quiet ovens that heat-up relatively quickly, put out even heat, have low heat settings, and have quality thermostats and close-fitting doors. I don't care if the ovens have interior lights, windows in the doors, self-clean, or beep when pre-heating is done. Pretty much, performance trumps accessories/options. I've not cooked with any of these appliances except for the DCS single wall oven.
Our kitchen is a small, U-shaped area with a narrow island and we'd like to work within the current footprint. There is not a lot of room, however I'm willing to dedicate the center portion of the "u" to the range/ovens. The range and hood would be the focal point. I have small concerns about the relative cost of an effective hood over a larger-sized, multiple-oven range (like a bigger Lacanche) as well as the cost to deal with potential MUA issues, however, the quality of the range/ovens comes first. Also, the disconnect between the old-style looks of Lacanche and La Cornue/Cornufé and the modern appearance of a Bosch or DCS oven is secondary to performance.
I'm an average cook, with a husband and teen-aged son. We do not entertain much. My husband and I cook a little of everything, including: cakes; pies, breads and cookies; roast fowl, meats and vegetables; egg dishes; chocolate confections; casseroles; sauces; stir fry; pizza; pancakes and crepes; and pasta dishes. Usually, we grill outside. I use a slow cooker and would prefer to do that in my new oven. Also, I dehydrate fruits and plants and use the oven for crafts.
My question is: which range or range/wall oven combo do you think is my best bet in terms of servicing our cooking goals and meeting expectations for quality? After reading the forums extensively and researching the internet, I have reservations about each possible combination, and yet I still believe the solution is here. These are my options as I see them: 1) Any one of several Lacanche models with gas and electric oven combo (and maybe a warming cabinet); 2) Any one of several Lacanche models with gas oven paired with single electric wall oven (again, maybe add a warming cabinet) Bosch 500, DCS or similar; 3) Cornufé 110 (no gas oven here, but it can work); Cornufé 1908 paired with single electric wall oven Bosch 500, DCS or similar (I like the La Cornue style gas oven here); 4) Bertazzoni double, dual-fuel oven; 5) Bertazzoni gas oven paired with single electric wall oven Bosch 500 or similar. 6) Another option - I'm happy to hear your ideas, even if you think my ideas are all wet.
It is very early in our kitchen redo process and I am completely open to suggestions. Sorry to be so long-winded. I appreciate your expertise and advice. Thanks in advance for your input!