Cooktop on the island?
I've been noticing something lately. So many magazines show kitchens with a beautiful range/cooktop...lovely backsplash and stunning hood...facing a wall. Many have the sink (or prep sink) on the island.
Now, I realize that prep work is 70% of the time in the kitchen, but I don't know if I want to have my back to people, while I cook. My own plan has the same layout...so I started thinking about this the other day.
I've been watching Laura Calder's French Cooking at Home show...and I am loving her huge island with prep space and cooktop. While I realize this is a cooking show, it all looks so well laid out and the flow is amazing. She grabs something out of the fridge, pops a pot into the oven and turns to set dishes into the sink (behind her, but with these gorgeous windows overlooking her deck/garden).
It made me think...do I want to be turning my back to everyone, while I stir a sauce or saute a veggie? Maybe island cooktops are a bit dated, but there's something so appealing about that 'hearth feeling' in the middle of the kitchen. Plus, how fabulous would it look to hang some copper pots over the cooktop?
I realize venting and not sitting too close to the cooktop are concerns, but I still think it would be wonderful to interact with friends and family, while cooking. Any thoughts, ideas or suggestions? Anyone have (had) this set up in their kitchen? Thanks in advance :)