Monday, November 23, 2009

Fear not

The boy and Krackle have both expressed fear when cooking for me since I started culinary school. I have tried to explain that it has been 4 weeks and that I still like food. If it tasted good before, it is still going to taste good now. Yet, the fear remains.

I am in the process of reading Kitchen Confidential because every single chef at school has told me that every young chef should read it. One of the first things Bourdain talks about is this fear. I am not going to quote him, but he goes on to say something along the lines of loving to eat out and eat exotic foods he doesn't want to prepare at home, but nothing beats a home cooked meal with friends and family.

Today in class, Chef expressed the same sentiment when someone was asking for Thanksgiving recipes. They wanted out of this world, off the wall, blow your socks off stuff. Chef asked if they liked stuffing, cranberries, green bean casserole, etc. The guy was like, yeah, I love that stuff. Chef's response is why change something you love? Thanksgiving was about the classics and that is exactly what he will be cooking.

Am I discovering better ways to cook food? Yes. But, that doesn't mean I don't still want to eat taco's on a Wednesday night with friends.


Krackle said...

Especially Krackle's taco's? :)

Big Jed said...

Okay, but if we ever do have the cooking contest Big Jed vs. The Beef Separator..... I think I should get some sort of head start or something. Maybe I will just concede.

Erratic said...

DO NOT CONCEDE. :) We will make sure it is fair...I could bring in a fellow student sous chef. Or you get two and I get none. Something. We'll figure it out.

And, yes, especially Krackle's tacos. :)