Lacanche-- Sully or Citeaux?
(I've also posted this in Lacanche Ranges 42)
Ok, all, I'm plunging in.
We are about to embark on a major kitchen remodel, including an extension so I can finally get enough space to work when we have the whole family here. I cook for either 2-3 or 10-20 on a regular basis. When the family is gathered, there are often 3-4 cooks, including my daughter-in-law, baker extraordinaire.
I've looked at most of what's out there. Can't stand the looks of the "professional-industrial" class like Wolf. I have lived with an Aga cooker in England and loved it, but it doesn't make sense resale-wise for where I live (Chicago area) in a house that I know I won't stay in forever. Same for La Cornue (wouldn't spend that money for a not forever house). Looked at Ilve, but didn't think it was built well enough for the price.
So Lacanche it seems to be-- has everything I want, and is beautiful as well.
My question is, Sully or Citeaux? I love the idea of a warming oven and a convection as well as a large gas oven. My concern is that the vertical oven/warming cupboards of the Citeaux are too small to be really useful when I am cooking for the family (the 10-20 scenario, which happens at least twice a month)
Sully, on the other hand, has two reasonably sized ovens, but no warming cupboard.
I can't go above 60", so the Sully 1800 and 2200 are out.
I've read all the comments I can find, and some people love the small ovens, and others chose against them.
Also, I haven't yet seen any Lacanche, and my kitchen designer doesn't know them, so I can't tell if they are as well built as they should be for the price. (i.e. no loose doors)
And the usual concerns about repairs-- how do people handle this if there is no dealer in the area?
Any help at all is appreciated!!!
Thanks very much