A kitchen is a segment or section of a larger room or area utilized solely for food preparation and cooking in a public house or in an institution, usually including a dining area. Commercial kitchens are located in hospitals, cafeterias, restaurants, offices, military bases, schools, office buildings, and other similar establishments. They vary greatly in size depending on the size of the establishment and the services rendered. In large hotels and resorts, they serve all the needs of the majority of the guests, from breakfast to dinner. Some smaller restaurants, bistros, and cafeteria-style establishments may only specialize in one or two dishes.
However, open kitchens are becoming more widespread and are proving to be very useful to those who enjoy cooking as well as those who need the convenience of a kitchen when entertaining guests. For instance, many restaurant owners consider open kitchens to be a valuable tool to promote the restaurant business since many customers patronize these establishments for quick and easy cooking options. In addition, many hotel owners find that having an open kitchen allows them to offer specialty dishes that their other establishments may not carry. In essence, the presence of an open kitchen encourages guest traffic to become more frequent and allows hotel staff to spend more time cooking rather than serving guests. Another advantage of open kitchens is that they provide a venue for owners to advertise special events and specials, which can help draw even more guests to a given establishment.
In addition to the advantages listed above, most kitchens are designed with practical efficiency in mind, serving several food groups at once while allowing for individual serving of beverages and snacks. Additionally, kitchens are oftentimes shared by multiple members of a family or a group of friends. It is common for families to dine together in the same room, as opposed to one room in a house. If a home cooked meal cannot be prepared quickly and efficiently, then it is often necessary to prepare food in another area and then bring it to the main dining area.
For this reason, many homes now contain a separate kitchen space designated solely for food preparation purposes. Whether this is an actual kitchen appliance such as a stove or whether it is an additional room devoted to the purpose of food preparation, the result is a well organized kitchen that eliminates the possibility of spillage of grease and mess. When cooking on a stove, there is no freestanding stove top to collect and transfer the heat, so it is essential to always have an open flame nearby when preparing food. With a residential kitchen, cooking on a stove provides the opportunity to use all of the available countertop space, as well as the opportunity to cook healthy meals without the risk of burnt food or burnt fingers.
Gas stoves are an important feature in many new homes due to their efficiency and safety. Because these stoves take up much less space than traditional fireplaces, they often replace older style open fireplaces. In fact, many newer homes will have a gas stove as a standard fixture in every home that is built. While old school stoves did not leave much room to move, today’s modern stoves do. This gives even the smallest kitchen a spacious feel with a functioning kitchen.
It may seem that these are just smaller versions of the larger kitchens that are found elsewhere. However, when you are talking about a living room, dining area and kitchen, the smaller kitchen can often function as the main gathering place for the entire family. If cooking is not an option, the family can sit around the table and enjoy the company of one another. Some people refer to these smaller kitchen spaces as “family rooms”, which is fitting as they really are a mini version of what could be called a “family hall”. These kitchens can be decorated to reflect family traditions and can be equipped with high quality furniture to make them comfortable and cozy.