There are kitchen designs that will allow guests into the kitchen but also keep them out of the way of the cook. This is a very popular design consideration, so you will find many ideas in books, magazines, and kitchen plans you can purchase in stores.

Essentially, the goal is to bring people into the kitchen but keep them out of the food preparation area. This can be easily accomplished with an island or a peninsula. These designs provide the space you need for food preparation and serving food, while keeping guests on the outside of the island or peninsula. Because the island is counter height, conversation can flow easily, you can see your guests, they feel like they are in the kitchen while food is prepared, but they are kept away from the actual food preparation area.

You can even place seats on the “outside” of the island or peninsula, inviting guests to sit and talk or eat without getting in the way of the cook.