Behind-the-Scenes Interview with Drew Scott of Property Brothers

Drew Scott of HGTV’s Property Brothers is a man of many pursuits…entrepreneur, musician, home improvement guru, entertainer, and most recently, a semi-finalist on Dancing with the Stars. But one pursuit matters most: his fiancée Linda Phan, a creative force who complements him match for match in drive.

The ambitious couple decided to tackle their biggest project yet: creating a home together on the newest season of Property Brothers At Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House. Enlisting the help of fellow Property Brother Jonathan Scott, the challenge was on to complete a massive renovation of their Los Angeles home in time to host their wedding rehearsal dinner.

With their moxie for multitasking and love for feel-good food, Drew and Linda sought out a range that can both command attention and keep up with them in the kitchen: the AGA Mercury, a dynamic multi-oven dual fuel range in a gorgeous matte black finish.

We caught up with Drew Scott to talk about the personal side of his latest project.

Looking back at your experience building and renovating homes, what must-have qualities did you want in your new kitchen?

Every room needs at least one feature and when you’re looking at a kitchen most people consider the best feature your appliances. I always love the idea of an open flow from your living space into the kitchen but you need something to draw the eye. In my house I have a stunning matte black 48” dual fuel range with a matching vent hood that contrasts the white walls beautifully.


How do you and Linda spend your time in the kitchen?

The kitchen is the heart of our home. Pretty well every week we are entertaining family and friends. Linda loves to bake and I may have some skill with the grill.


How does that compare to how you grew up?

Growing up things were very similar. Our mom loved getting us hands on in the kitchen and my dad was always the barbecue master!


How would you describe your cooking style?

The #1 ingredient in our kitchen is love! Everything tastes better if our cooking is done with love. I will admit that I tend to follow recipes a little closer than Linda. She likes to experiment and that’s probably why her dishes taste SO GOOD!


Why did you choose the AGA Mercury range over other luxury or pro-style ranges?

The aesthetic appeal of the AGA Mercury range blended perfectly with our kitchen design. The matte black finished ties in beautifully with our black-framed windows and has the ideal contrast with the white walls.


What role did the appliances play in the overall kitchen design?

Actually, the appliances were the center point of our kitchen design. Linda and I had two requirements: A minimum 48” cooking surface and a full size, side-by-side fridge/freezer. The rest was history.


That was generous of you to build a guest home for Jonathan! How is his kitchen different than yours?

Guest suite kitchens can be tough because typically it’s a tight space. However just because it’s smaller doesn’t mean it shouldn’t look stylish and have great function. We decided to go bold with the color and chose a dark hunter green for the lower cabinets. Jonathan’s home away from home may not have the island I have in the main kitchen however it does have all full size appliances (including a dishwasher) and even some custom details like floating shelves for added style.


What’s your favorite food tradition? 

At Christmas our whole family always gets together. We spend almost a week together including family dinners every evening. AND best of all my mom always baked me my very own pumpkin pie to savor!


What your go-to meal in a hurry?

Protein smoothie (Jonathan thinks they’re disgusting.)


Favorite comfort food?



Indulgent treat?

Yorkshire pudding…look it up! (laughs)



Drew & Linda's Kitchen

AMC48DF AGA Mercury Dual Fuel Range | Matte Black
MARVEL 36” Marvel All Refrigerator Column | M36AR
Marvel Built-In 36” All Freezer Column | M36AF
Known as the Property Brothers of HGTV fame, the Scott brothers remodeled Drew’s Los Angeles home to nest in with fiancée Linda Phan. The new home features not one but two AGA kitchens, including one in the guest area for Jonathan when he visits. Welcome to the AGA family!

Infographic: Why AGA Mercury compared AGA Mercury to the heft of a luxury car and hailed it for its exquisite precision, insisting it’s unlike any oven ever seen.  Kitchen & Bath Business listed AGA Mercury as one of the new hottest cooking appliances. And, it clearly has an appealing aesthetic that breaks through the cluttered market of kitchen appliances.  But what exactly can the AGA Mercury do?  Find out why people are choosing the AGA Mercury range with this up-close look.

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Historic Renovation Features AGA Legacy Kitchen

114-Year-Old Montreat Heritage Home Renovated with AGA Legacy Appliances

When it comes to historic preservation, Tom and Katie Widmer of Montreat, North Carolina, are with the times. The couple decided to winterize their summer cottage, originally built in 1903, and convert it to a year-round permanent residence. They enlisted Hive Interior Design to modernize their 114-year-old home, while honoring its turn-of-the-century architectural details. Part and parcel with the overall design, the appliances were just as important as the rest. After careful research, the couple selected a full suite of AGA Legacy kitchen appliances to emulate the historic qualities of the home.

Tom Widmer describes the vintage-style range as the focal point of his kitchen, “You enter in through the arched cottage door into the family room, and the first thing you see dead ahead is the Legacy range!”

We caught up with the couple to get details on their new AGA kitchen, including before and after photos.

Designer: Ginny Crowder-Marshall, Principal Designer at Hive Interior Design in Asheville, NC

Why did you choose AGA Legacy appliances for your kitchen? 

We were intent on keeping the cottage feel of this Montreat Heritage House (one of the original houses built at Montreat).  We looked at all the brands and didn’t find any that matched the look/feel we were striving for, until we found the AGA Legacy Range.  Its look was exactly what we wanted.  Then when we learned about its functionality, features and terrific reviews, we knew there was no other option besides AGA.  Although the refrigerator and dishwasher were more contemporary in style, they still matched well not only with the range but the entire look of the kitchen.  In retrospect, AGA was an excellent decision.

Tell us more about your kitchen design. What do you like best?

Keeping the “cottage” feel and historical context was extremely important to us.  Thus, we did some things reminiscent of the period, like marble and soapstone counter tops, antique fixtures over the island and dining room table and using our antique Hoosier cabinet instead of additional contemporary cabinets.  But our favorite element was the repurposing of the old heart pine flooring from the original 1903 kitchen.  Notice the wood used in the sink cabinet, the hood above the range, and the window trim.  It is the repurposed kitchen floor.  We also used it on three sides of the island.

Any design challenges you encountered? 

We were hoping to be able to use the efficient “triangle” of kitchen appliance/sink layout.  But to do so would have obviated our use of the Hoosier cabinet, as it was a natural location for the refrigerator.  We felt it was important to place the Hoosier cabinet where we did and ended up lining up the refrigerator and sink on the same wall.  It was a good decision, and we don’t feel we’ve given up any kitchen efficiency.  We love the look of the refrigerator where it is.



Why AGA cast iron cooking is healthier for you

The Nutritional Merits of AGA Cast Iron Cooking

I strive to be healthy. Alright, yes, leave me in a room alone with a platter of cookies and I’ll tear into them like a velociraptor, but for the most part I try to become better educated on nutrition and make healthier food choices. Fortunately for me, I already have a leg up with my AGA simply by the way it cooks food.


Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RD is a media spokesperson, writer, culinary consultant and registered dietitian, Ruth has made over 150 national media appearances, including CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, The New York Times, USA Today, Glamour, Health Magazine, Shape Magazine and Today’s Dietitian, among other widely-recognized publications.

Allow me to explain with the help of fellow AGA owner and leading health and nutrition expert, nationally-recognized registered dietitian, Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RD.

AGA Preserves Nutrients. 

“Nutrition goals from health organizations recommend five to seven servings from fruits and vegetables per day. As people strive to eat more produce, it’s critical that they also consider the method of cooking used in order to maximize their nutritional benefit,” Ruth explains.

The way you cook your food directly impacts the nutrition content you consume. You can start with a lovely bunch of raw, nutrient-packed vegetables and easily destroy their healthfulness with high, direct heat.  Fry your vegetables in high heat, and you’ll risk losing important fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K.  Direct heat also can destroy vital omega-3 fatty acids like DHA and EPA.

Therefore, to maximize your nutritional intake, eating foods raw, boiled or steamed is always best. Some studies suggest, however, that cooking certain foods like tomatoes, carrots and spinach allows healthful antioxidants to become more available to the body than in their raw state.

Using cast iron radiant heat, the AGA delivers the most ideal cooking method to gently steam and quick-boil food to retain nutrients and moisture. Carrots are a good example—the AGA keeps their true flavor, nutrition content and vibrant orange color as they are cooked to softness—not mush.


Steamed carrots – simply boil carrots in a small amount of water, toss with only enough oil or butter to coat and sprinkle on parsley for a fresh, sweet flavor. Look at this fantastic coloration!


Carrot bruschetta – Heat shredded carrot with oil in a pan on the boiling plate with garlic, chili and cumin seeds for a few minutes. Stir in coriander after cooling.

AGA Reduces Salt, Sugar and Oil Intake. 


Ruth uses a cream AGA Total Control for cast iron cooking in her own kitchen and would not have it any other way.

Otherwise known as the “troublesome trio”, these culprits are known to negatively impact health, especially with excessive consumption. Unfortunately, these are the same components that tend to bring flavor to foods we enjoy.

“A big problem in the kitchen is often the over-usage of oils while cooking, which can add hundreds of calories to our meals. For example, one tablespoon of olive oil has about 119 calories!” Ruth explains.

For those of us raised on conventional ranges, we expect to have to use butter or oil, salty seasonings and sugar to flavor food to be tasty.  Why? Convection ranges employ direct heating elements and a fan to circulate heat, a harsh cooking environment that can dry out food and compromise flavor. Most of us don’t know there is a vastly different way to experience food until they eat AGA food.

Simply by cooking with an AGA alone, you can reduce your “troublesome trio” intake by 1/3 or more.  This is because the cast iron AGA uses radiant heat to cook food gently and consistently, preserving the natural moisture and flavor of food. That means you can taste food for how it is intended to taste by nature, rather than masking it with loads of butter and seasonings.


Ruth is busy developing new recipes for Kitchen Icons, chef-inspired appliance and kitchen design/build company, and has noticed the AGA difference herself.

“I have been amazed at the intense flavor that is derived from foods cooked in the AGA.”

For overall healthy cooking, she shares this philosophy, “When considering your next nutrition-packed meal, think about this general rule: Keep cooking time, temperature, and the amount of liquid and fat to a minimum. Boost flavor with culinary herbs like fresh basil, rosemary, thyme and marjoram—and don’t forget the garlic!”

To learn more about Ruth, visit her web site to watch her efforts to make kitchens healthier.

On my next post, I’ll share 10 healthy meal examples of this practice in action. Here’s to your health!


How to Slow Cook in Your AGA like a Crockpot


If there’s one more thing an AGA can do best, it’s slow-cooked food, really easily.  The gentle, consistent heat of the AGA simmering oven offers ideal conditions to slow cook casseroles, cakes or roasts at an even temperature with little moisture loss for succulent results every time.

As a matter of fact, the temperature of the AGA simmering oven is equivalent to the low setting of a conventional crockpot. That means you can convert any crockpot recipe to the AGA slow-cooking method. And here’s how.


STEP ONE: Food must be heated first before it will cook in the simmering oven.  Start the cooking process with either of these two methods:

  1. Bring to a boil on the boiling plate to make sure the food and cooking dish are hot all the way through, or,
  2. Place the dish in the Roasting Oven for 15 – 30 minutes, until bubbling hot.

STEP TWO: Cover food with a lid or foil to prevent a crust from forming on the surface, then transfer to the simmering oven to finish slow cooking for the designated time.

New to AGA slow cooking? Give this recipe a try!

Southwestern Risotto
Southwestern Risotto

Southwestern Risotto


  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup uncooked Arborio or other short-grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander (optional)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 cups frozen whole-kernel corn
  • 3/4 cup chopped bottled roasted red bell peppers


  1. Begin by preheating the AGA large cast iron dish on the boiling plate. Meanwhile, heat the broth and water in a stockpot on the simmering plate.
  2. Sauté the rice, coriander, onion and garlic in the oil until the onion is translucent.
  3. Add the hot broth and water, and bring the dish back to a simmer.
  4. Using oven mitts, place the lid on the dish and transfer to the lower rack of the simmering oven.
  5. Check after 20 to 30 minutes, not stirring, but monitoring the absorption of liquid. Leave in the oven until the rice is tender and creamy but still somewhat firm.
  6. Once the rice is cooked, remove the cast iron dish and add the finishing touches. Stir in the cheese, hot sauce, corn and red bell peppers. Fini!


Ralph Lauren Kitchen for the Holidays with Red AGA Range


A claret AGA Total Control cast iron range adds a pop of holiday color to the 2016 Ralph Lauren Christmas window display. (We think Mrs. Claus would approve.) Photo credit: Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren Kitchen in “The Season of Style” Christmas window display includes a holiday red AGA cast iron range

Every year in the heart of the New York City shopping district, the department stores of Fifth Avenue unveil magnificent window displays to eager spectators, a city custom that dates back to the 19th century and often takes months to plan and implement.

“Window tourism is, after all, a time-honored New York holiday tradition,” says Matthew Schneier of the New York Times. “Typically five million visitors come to the city between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve alone.”

Luxury designer label Ralph Lauren was no exception to this year’s festivities. Under clandestine cover, the creative team concepted three new window displays, a carefully protected secret until the big reveal in November. This year’s theme for the Ralph Lauren Home collection incorporates a claret AGA Total Control cast iron range, a festive complement to their inviting cabin kitchen.

“I’m about longevity, I’m about timeless,” Mr. Lauren describes his style.

The holiday window display is featured at the Ralph Lauren flagship store on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, adjacent to the famed Polo Bar, a clubhouse of sorts for an array of celebrities followed by the flashbulbs of paparazzi on a weekly basis.

The display will remain open until the first week of January.

If you venture out to see this window display, snap a photo and share it on Facebook or Instagram. Be sure to tag AGA Ranges, and tell us what you think!

A Day in Dita Von Teese’s AGA Kitchen

Glamorous Dita Von Teese is timeless in her craft, from her signature red lips to her Golden-era Hollywood style. With a steadfast artistic vision and an eye for showmanship, it seems only natural the starlet was attracted to the vintage good looks of an AGA cast iron range, the new focal point of her kitchen.

Here, she chronicles her experiences with food and drink – and how home-cooked AGA meals have changed her life. See how the style icon is making the most of her new Tudor style AGA kitchen.

Excerpt from New York Magazine’s Grub Street

“I love cooking and recently redid my kitchen in a Snow White fairy tale–Art Deco–meets–Tudor style, and it might just be the most glamorous room in the house, so I like to spend a lot of time in there. When I remodeled my kitchen, I bought a British-racing-green cast-iron Aga stove, with copper accents. It’s a real showpiece when people walk into my kitchen. I’d been fantasizing about it for a long time — it’s what Julia Child used.

I read my manual a lot, and it includes a recipe for the famous slow-cooked porridge, which has been life-changing. I mixed the steel-cut oats with water and salt in my heart-shaped cast-iron pan, and popped that in the low-temperature oven to cook overnight. Even my boyfriend, who doesn’t like oatmeal, is completely astonished that it doesn’t have butter and cream in it.

I come home and take the porridge out of the oven and make my favorite extra-smoky Mariages Frères Lapsang Souchong tea. I’ve got so many friends addicted to this that now I have to leave space in my luggage for it when I go to Paris. The porridge is divine as usual, like a creamy soufflé with chewy baked browned edges. I pour some maple syrup on it and again marvel at how this can come out so deliciously with just water, oatmeal, and salt! I really need more witnesses to how amazing this porridge is.

I love hosting themed potluck dinners at my house. I decided to make a cheese fondue served with vegetables and bread to dip, and Champagne. It was a huge hit. I read that the first person to drop something into the fondue has to host the next fondue party. I’ve long wanted to host a “Fundue Fondue” party, with fondues of all different kinds, and everyone wearing amazing wigs — like how Ellen von Unwerth used to host wig parties in Paris. Perhaps next time. But potlucks are great, because people love thinking of a dish to bring and bragging about it. And also, you don’t have to do much work, except for the cleanup.

I’ve always loved cooking and entertaining. I like making things that are beautiful — things that people go “Ooh and ahh” over. It’s one of the reasons I chose the fondue. I said to my boyfriend, “What am I going to make? Everyone expects me to make something exciting!” I like the wow factor, but I don’t like to make complicated meals. Simple things that are impressive. One of the reasons is that I travel so much for work, and I eat out a lot, and I always miss making my own, simple, unfussy food at home. I find it to be very therapeutic.”


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Will an AGA Cast Iron Range work in a Kitchen Island?

Lifestyle & Design – An AGA Range in a Kitchen Island

Many of you are hard at working designing your dream kitchen with our beloved AGA cast iron range as the perfect cooking solution for your home.  After spending countless hours determining the fit and function of your kitchen design, those of you interested in having a kitchen island are now wondering, will an AGA cast iron range work in a kitchen island design?

Traditional AGA in an island

Photo Credit: Bart Edson

Thankfully, whether you have a traditional AGA cooker or you are purchasing from one of the new generation of AGA cast iron ranges, the AGA works splendidly in an island setting.   As you can see here, this refined rustic estate home showcases a traditional AGA cooker in Claret within its kitchen island design.

The island is structured around the AGA allowing it to be slightly pronounced representing the main focal point of the large, open space.  While the traditional AGA cooker required ceiling ventilation, the new generation of AGA cast iron ranges, such as the AGA Total Control and the AGA Dual Control electric model, only require in-room venting.  Meaning a rangehood is not required making this a perfect solution for any kitchen island setting.

There are many resources out there to assist you in designing and planning your dream kitchen.  Magazine and online articles give insightful tips, such as HGTV.   One of the many resources AGA provides designers and architects are 2D and 3D drawings of our ranges to assist designers.  Our drawings give an accurate layout and representation of our ranges.  Click here for the full list of drawings for all AGA cast iron ranges.

To see more photos of this Refined Rustic Estate Home for sale in Wine Country, click here to visit their site.

Why An AGA is Right for You

The Worlds Best Cooking ExperienceThere are many reasons why people decided a while ago an AGA was not right for them. Whether it be their home, their cooking style or the fact they did not want their stove on all the time, many made up their mind and chose another appliance.  Some of the following customer constraints prevented them from purchasing an AGA:

  • It’s on all the time
  • Too hot in the kitchen
  • Too big for my kitchen
  • Too expensive to run
  • Too much heat for my well-insulated home
  • I do not cook during the week
  • We only cook quick meals
  • Cannot have a flue in the kitchen

Thankfully, AGA listened to those who felt this way and created an entirely new generation of AGA cast iron ranges which addresses each of the above constraints exemplifying why an AGA is right for you – why an AGA is right for any home!

A variety of AGA cast iron ranges are available giving customers a choice of models to suit their individual needs.  Thankfully the market for the AGA cast iron range has broadened as many constraints against owning an AGA have been overcome.  For instance, the AGA Total Control and AGA City24 give you the flexibility to operate each oven and hotplate separate and independent from each other.  The ovens on the AGA Dual Control models operate simultaneously while the electric hotplates operate separate from the ovens and independent of each other.  Dual Control ovens can be turned on, off or turned down to save energy.  Regardless of which cast iron model you choose, each AGA range comes fully assembled and do not require a flue.

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AGA Making Waves at the Coastal Virginia Home & Garden Show

Chef’s from all over coastal Virginia gathered around the AGA Total Control wowing the crowds with their culinary creations

Joyce Crowder was elated to share the news that her kitchen would be the main showcase kitchen at the 2016 Coastal Virginia Home & Garden Show.  This year the Coastal Virginia Magazine sponsored the Culinary Corner where Crowder Custom Cabinets provided the kitchen showcasing the 3-oven AGA Total Control in the latest color, Aqua.

This years emcee was Chef Patrick Evans, the Food Editor of Coastal Virginia Magazine.  Well known chef’s from various restaurants along the coastal region of Virginia enjoyed cooking up their favorite culinary creations using the AGA Total Control.

Hover over the images below for fun snippets highlighting each Chef and the delicious foods created on the AGA Total Control.

AGA making waves at the Coastal Virginia Home & Garden Show gives a HIGH-5 to all the culinary talent who cooked their dishes on the AGA Total Control 3-oven cast iron range such as,

Chef Andrea DiCarlo with La Bella Italia, Ghent

Chef Caruso with La Bella Italia, Redmill

Chef Josh Stivers with Point at Phoebus

Chef Mike Farrell with Still Worldly Eclectic Tapas

Chef Troy Camacho with Casual Gourmet Victoria

Chef Chad Martin with Circa 1918

Chef Edward Storey with Supper Southern Morsels

Chef Scott Home with Granny’s Kitchen

Emcee Chef Patrick Evans-Hylton the Food Editor with Coastal Virginia Magazine