How Chef's Entertain at Home Slideshow

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James Boyce

When not tending to one of his three Huntsville-area restaurants, including Cotton Row and Pane e Vino, Boyce can often be found at home, entertaining a group of friends and family around his family's large 7-by-11-foot marble island. "It's like a cooking class, wine tasting, and party all in one," says Boyce. It gives guests a great vantage point to watch, and perhaps help, when needed. His favorite part? "I love how open it feels — it makes it easy to work and entertain at the same time."

James Boyce