In many modern houses, the dining table is in the kitchen. This is a practical way of living but to what extent? When you have more than four people eating at the table it will become uncomfortable.
As a home owner you probably invite people to dinner from time to time. It’s okay to have people watching you whilst you cook but it can also be very uncomfortable. When there is a dinner party you need the space in the kitchen to cook and make food using all the surfaces you have at your disposal. Five people sitting and chatting gets in the way and eliminates the space you could use. Plus, cooking while you have guests in the kitchen and chatting can distracts the cook when counting and measuring ingredients.
On the other hand, many people feel uncomfortable when people watch them cook. For many people the kitchen is a sanctuary where you can cook and mess as you please. You can add your own ingredients without other people judging your cooking style.
People that have been invited to a dinner party will sit wherever the conversation is. If the dining table is in the kitchen then that is where they will be. Unfortunately, they won’t move if they are comfortable. In addition, if the dining table is in the kitchen certain noises could irritate a person trying to tell a story especially if it is a pot or pan that echoes if hit.