A kitchen is a room that is used for cooking and preparing food. Kitchens are usually located in personal homes, restaurants and other public areas that regularly serve food.
Modern kitchens in the western world typically contain a few key items, such as a sink, an oven, a refrigerator and storage space. Other common appliances are dishwashers, microwaves and toasters. Some kitchens are used for dining as well as cooking, and some homes have laundry appliances in the kitchen area as well. Industrial kitchens, such as those in hospitals and restaurants, have a higher number of appliances and must meet specific health standards.