The Best Height for a Chef's Prep Table

A chef's preparation table provides space for chopping, mixing and setting aside ingredients to use while cooking. The right height is crucial and depends on the height of the user.

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Chopping's easier when the chef's prep table is the right height for the chef.

Average Height of a Chef Prep Table

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The average chef's prep table may not be right for everyone.

A chef's prep table functions as additional counter space. The average kitchen counter height is 36 inches and so is the average chef's prep table.

Choosing the Best Height

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Measure for the best chef's prep table height.

To choose the best height for a chef's prep table, measure using existing counter tops. Ideally, the chef's palms will rest flat when his arms are bent at a 45-degree angle. The chef should be able to use a knife to chop without bending over. Measure that height.

Experiment with Different Heights

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Take time to choose the best chef's prep table height.

Experiment with different heights or modify an existing counter or prep table by adding height using a butcher block chopping board. Reducing height involves lowering the kitchen cabinets or, more easily, the legs of the prep table. In a kitchen with chefs of varying heights, consider offering multiple chef's prep areas.