Richard Gomez’s Elegant Kitchen

Find out why the actor holds this area of his home close to his heart

Original Article: Joseph Dayrit Photography: Rene Mejia Styling: Gabriel Villegas

Richard Gomez is known for being a popular actor, an excellent athlete, and most recently, as a public servant, having won in the recent elections as mayor of Ormoc City in Leyte. But not a lot of people are aware that Richard is also—surprise!—a skilled and self-taught cook. He can easily whip up meals for guests who drop by their home, with food presentation skills to match. It wouldn’t be surprising at all if a man with such a passion for food arguably spends more time in the kitchen than his wife, actress, host and Leyte’s district representative, Lucy.

Goma, as he is fondly called, frequents groceries and finds these visits as his “stress killer.” “Ang problema ko, pag pumunta ako sa grocery today—normally, ang dami kong nabibili, e—’tapos pag biglang napadaan ako ulit tomorrow, gano’n ulit karami!” he shares. He enjoys going to groceries so much that it’s his family’s first stop when they travel.

When it comes to his “workspace,” Lucy took the lead in the kitchen’s renovation in 2009. She made a list of the improvements needed, which included reducing the clutter on the kitchen counters. “I didn’t want to see as many appliances on the counters, kasi it defeats the purpose na you have a nice counter but it’s tambak naman with appliances you don’t use every day,” she explains. This resulted into an elegant and clutter-free space conducive for food preparation and even entertaining guests.

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Kitchen Detail

The stainless steel door with a porthole came all the way from Los Angeles. In a YES! feature in 2008, Goma shared that they ordered this door straight from the manufacturer—a far cry from today’s convenience of ordering online.


The pristine countertops, cabinets, and the island table are all in white, making for a nice foil against the kitchen walls clad with Bisazza tiles. The island table also serves as additional space for when guests swing by their house.

Decor Detail

Adding colors to the Gomez kitchen are these works of art by H. R. Ocampo and Ibarra de la Rosa. Lucy was responsible for the art selections.

Design Detail

The kitchen counter features top-of-the-line appliances, such as this touch-sensitive Wolf cooktop and oven. The blue and white palette for the tiles lends a refreshing feel to the space.

Decor Detail

Inside one of their cupboards is a collection of teacups and saucers in pastel shades of pink, blue, green, and yellow.

RL Tip: To liven up a plain kitchen, you can display your favorite dinnerware, colorful collections, and other dainty sets.

Storage Detail

More kitchen appliances are kept inside this steel storage cabinet equipped with a sliding door, where one can find a 3D coffee grinder, a Philips juicer, an Osterizer blender, and a KitchenAid stand mixer. This addition is much aligned with Lucy’s desire to have less clutter in the kitchen.

RL Tip: Aside from maximizing drawers and cabinets, you can also install wall-mounted shelves to hold plates and other essentials. If you're going for a complete renovation, you may opt to have built-in nooks and extra niches where you can keep cookbooks and other appliances.


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