A DUBBO kitchen has become just a shell of its former self but nobody is steamed up about it because it is part of a million-dollar renovation.
Work started before Christmas on the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre amenities, planned in the style of those at the Hilton Hotel.
Dubbo City Council's David Dwyer recently reported the progress of the project, which must be completed within 12 weeks to meet the conditions of a $1.2 million grant from the federal government.
Contractor Maas Group had most of the equipment out of the aged kitchen before Christmas, the council's community services director said.
"They're in the demolition process at the moment, but there is a fair bit of work to go," Mr Dwyer said.
Designs for the kitchen were drawn after visits to top Sydney hotels.
The latest equipment to cook melt-in-the-mouth steaks will replace old-style ovens and fryers used for many years.
The colour scheme of the theatre's interior will also extend into the new-look kitchen and function room.
The council called for tenders for the refurbishment after it signed a contract with the federal government for the grant, promised by Labor during the 2010 election campaign.
The majority of the work was scheduled to occur during the theatre's quieter summer period.