A kitchen is a room or part of a room used for cooking and food preparation in a dwelling or in a commercial establishment. A modern middle-class residential kitchen is typically equipped with a stove, a sink with hot and cold running water, a refrigerator, and worktops and kitchen cabinets arranged according to a modular design. Many households have a microwave oven, a dishwasher, and other electric appliances. The main functions of a kitchen are to store, prepare and cook food (and to complete related tasks such as dishwashing). The room or area may also be used for dining (or small meals such as breakfast), entertaining and laundry. The design and construction of kitchens is a huge market all over the world.
Commercial kitchens are found in restaurants, cafeterias, hotels, hospitals, educational and workplace facilities, army barracks, and similar establishments. These kitchens are generally larger and equipped with bigger and more heavy-duty equipment than a residential kitchen. For example, a large restaurant may have a huge walk-in refrigerator and a large commercial dishwasher machine. In some instances commercial kitchen equipment such as commercial sinks are used in household settings as it offers ease of use for food preparation and high durability.In developed countries, commercial kitchens are generally subject to public health laws. They are inspected periodically by public-health officials, and forced to close if they do not meet hygienic requirements mandated by law.

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  1. Dados1950

    Thanksgiving dinner-Guys in the kitchen

    This discussion is thrown out to all the cooking guys in the forum...but the ladies can chime in also.. My wife and I both love to cook. We host family Thanksgiving dinner every year. This is her favorite holiday right after Christmas and she insists on "ruling the kitchen" and the menu...few...
  2. Lynne Guinne

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  3. SatNavSaysStraightOn

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  4. Dados1950

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  5. F

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  6. D

    New Kitchen Smell Extraction System

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  7. GadgetGuy

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  8. niemela23

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  9. Diane Lane

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