When cooking, it’s easy to feel cramped. Cleaning as you go and keeping your waste in bowls will help negate this issue, but some people, including culinary star Sohla El-Waylly, prefer to take a different route, using a large cutting board to maximize the space available to them, as she advised in an article she wrote for The New York Times.
There are many reasons to use a large cutting board. Firstly, the space allows cooks the room to move freely, plus uncut ingredients can be piled on one side and prepared ingredients on the other. It also allows cooks to eschew the use of many bowls to separate their prepped ingredients. If the cutting board is large enough, prepped ingredients can simply be piled next to one another. This vastly reduces the amount of washing up; instead of several bowls, only the cutting board needs to be cleaned.
Of course, kitchens should also have other, smaller chopping boards, especially a plastic one that is used to prepare raw meat. However, the vast majority of work can be performed on the large one, minimizing faff and maximizing cleanliness.