The goal was to create an inviting, comfortable ambiance--a place where family and friends would want to congregate to keep the cook company. 'It had to be able to handle a crowd' For five guests or for 50, this kitchen is the ultimate in workability. "It had to be able to handle a crowd," says owner Caryn Harb, whose family of six and busy entertaining schedule inspired the spacious, perfectly detailed floor plan. In the center, an all-purpose 5x8-foot butcher-block island offers convenient working spaces on four sides. Bar stools pull up under the extended counter top for sit-down work and snacking. The inset marble slab is perfect for pastry preparation. Underneath are handy bins for sugar and flour, as well as drawers for spices and an adjustable shelf for the appliance center. Serving platters and accessories are stored on the opposite side. A rectangular steel rack overhead shows off Harb's prized collection of copper pots, molds and utensils. For convenience, cooking takes place along one wall. The six-burner commercial range is equipped with a restaurant-size griddle, perfect for pancakes and burgers. A handy faucet located above the stove makes it easy to fill stock pots on the stove. An indoor charcoal barbecue completes the cook center.