James Beard Award winning and Michelin-starred chef Wylie Dufresne recently renovated his personal kitchen in New York. The veteran restaurateur and current owner of Du’s Donuts and Coffee in Brooklyn chose stainless steel countertops, rich wood accents, and True essentials including  The True 42, True Clear Ice Machine, and True Dual Zone Wine Cabinet.

Chef Wylie shared why True products were truly the best choice for his home:

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True’s noise-conscious engineering balances commercial performance with residential environments. Wylie says, “With hygienic, attractive stainless steel interiors and incredibly sturdy drawers, the True 42” delivers that commercial strength that I rely on at work to my home.

True Clear Ice Machine

“So much about functionality of a kitchen is tied to movement within it,” says Wylie. In a residential setting, not only does the kitchen accommodate the cook(s), but also guests seeking refills on their drinks, roaming children, restocking on appetizers, etc. The key is different “zones.” For his home kitchen, Wylie created a separate zone for ice with True’s Clear Ice Machine. The highest-performing, most energy-efficient clear ice machine available to homeowners, the machine incorporates TruLumina Lighting System and is UL-rated for both indoor and outdoor use. Another benefit? Chefs know that freezers should be dry environments. Though they are widespread on the market, ice machines within freezers are not preferable as they create excess frost.

True Dual Zone Wine Cabinet

Meticulously designed to preserve the best bottles, the unit features independent climate zones that provide precise control, offering separate temperature ranges from 40°F to 65°F. The system also boasts glide-out, vibration-dampening racks to protect those favorite vintage wines, and that echo the pulling motion of drawers in a restaurant kitchen.

Wylie is a celebrity judge regular on BRAVO’s Top Chef, and led highly regarded talks for both TEDx and the MAD Symposium. He has received numerous accolades and acclaim for his landmark restaurant, wd~50, and his East Village restaurant, Alder. He debuted his first cookbook, “wd~50: The Cookbook (Ecco), this past October”

As both a family man and a professional chef, Wylie says he values refrigeration that allows for an array of fresh ingredients and meals, as well as packed school lunches for his children. True’s exclusive cascade airflow system provides consistent temperatures throughout the unit so fresh food stays just as fresh and nutrient packed as when first cooked.


When designing his personal custom kitchen, Wylie knew he could depend on True Residential’s units to accommodate any style of modern kitchens. Style features—like streamlined handles, TruLumina® lighting, and steel-encapsulated glass shelves—blend with any interior décor style choice. With a total of six different finish colors (cobalt blue, matte white, antique white, stainless steel, matte black, and gloss black) and six timeless hardware options (gold, pewter, copper, brass, and chrome), True now offers thirty six unique color combinations that allow designers and homeowners to bring a level of sophisticated elegance previously unattainable in residential refrigeration.