Work centers are very popular in large kitchens designed to accommodate more than one cook and in gourmet or professional kitchens. Some of the most popular centers include:

> clean-up center (often placed near the dining area),

> a baking center,

> a drink preparation center or a coffee center,

> a food preparation center (especially for salads or cold food),

> a grilling area (particularly for an indoor grill separate from the range,

> a snack center

> a planning center

These centers can be used to organize a large kitchen and to keep people away from food preparation areas while you are working. This can be important if you have young children in the home who could be burned or scalded or if you enjoy entertaining in your kitchen while you prepare meals.