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As host of The Biggest Loser, Sweeney has learned a thing or two about good eating habits – values she's instilling at home with her children Ben, 5, and Megan, 2. Fast food is a no-no, but her rustic, kid-friendly kitchen is always stocked with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. But sweets aren't off-limits, per se – as long as her kids follow one rule: "They don't get dessert unless they finish their vegetables!" says Sweeney.
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"Maybe it's because I'm a chef, but parties always start in my kitchen," the former Celebrity Apprentice contestant and professional chef tells PEOPLE. Stone's roomy cooking space includes a special pantry for his ice cream maker and pasta machine and a bookshelf to hold cookbooks. "You want to have all your references close at hand," he says.
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The Southern cooking queen has built a culinary empire with 10 bestselling cookbooks on finger-lickin', home-style cooking – and it starts right here in her homey Savannah, Ga., kitchen, which plays host to boisterous family gatherings that include sons Jamie and Bobby and their families, husband Michael, brother Bubba and aunt Peggy. "We're a food family," says Jamie. "Just hearty, hearty, hearty."
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This is where the (culinary) magic happens! King, who hosts her own talk show on BFF Oprah's OWN network, chose to create a year-round sunny spot in her kitchen drenched in her favorite hue. "It's impossible to be surrounded by yellow and not feel good," King says of her bright space, which features an oversized antique clock. "It makes me smile every time I walk into the room."
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Kardashian's upcoming reality show Khloe & Lamar may promise laughs, but it also offers a glimpse inside her and husband Lamar Odom's new Mediterranean-style house, which the L.A. Laker tells PEOPLE, reflects their "young and classy" style. Though they've yet to fill the seven-bedroom home with little ones, Kardashian is excited about starting her own family traditions – starting right here in her new kitchen. "We used to make gingerbread houses as kids," she says of one of her fondest memories.
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He's known for turning up the heat on contestants on Kitchen Nightmares, but when the star chef's at home in London, the father of four happily takes his place among some pint-size sous chefs – kids Megan, 12; twins Jack and Holly, 10; and Tilly, 8. Not only can his brood navigate their way around the sleek kitchen, they are adventurous eaters too. "They've eaten lamb's brains," Ramsay boasts. "Yeah! They loved them."
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For The View cohost, cooking is a family affair. "Our kitchen is a place where the kids always feel welcome," Hasselbeck shared in 2009. "My daughter, Grace, is [now 5], and she loves helping me cook. It takes longer and is a bit messier when she's involved, but we have fun."
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PATRICK AND GINA NEELY
"When you grow up with a lot of siblings and a small kitchen, you really appreciate cabinet space," says Pat of the renovated kitchen in his and wife Gina's home outside Memphis – which doubles as a studio for their Food Network show Down Home with the Neelys. "I never dreamed of having a cabinet just for wineglasses."
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The Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter has her 5-year-old daughter to thank for discovering the joys in the kitchen. "Once I had my daughter, Owen, I enjoyed baking that much more," Branch, 27, tells PEOPLE. "It's such a mother-daughter thing to do. It all comes down to being with family and doing something for your family."
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After winding down a tour, there's nothing more the country singer likes to do than cook for her family. Luckily, McBride's Nashville kitchen, which opens to an adjacent sitting room, lets her do both at the same time. "I like the fact that it's part family room and part kitchen," she says. "I don't feel like I'm stuck alone cooking while everybody is somewhere else. It allows the family to be together. We can all hang out in there."
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