My cat knows he is not allowed there, I see him jumping off and running when I come closer to the kitchen, I keep counter tops clean and free of any food so I have no idea what is the attraction, maybe it's the height? and yeah, there is no way to prevent it. They know they are wrong and will still do it anyways, they might stop doing it in front of you but when you are gone they do what the heck they want lol.
Gosha - shy 5 y.o. Rasta - vicious kitten