If you have a true passion for cooking and would like to do more in the kitchen, then what are you waiting for? You may not feel as though it’s that simple, but it really is. The only thing that is holding you back is yourself. You see, you don’t need to be a professional at something in order to have the right to do it. You may not be a very good singer, but does that stop you from singing out loud to your favourite song that comes on the radio while you’re driving in the car? – Exactly. Well, this is the same principle. Cooking can be as simple or as difficult as you make it. It’s all down to the kind of recipes that interest you, along with the skill you already have.
Cooking is such a wonderful thing to do that tends to get overlooked nowadays, especially as technology is becoming more and more advanced. Now when we get hungry, it’s as simple as picking up our phone, opening an app, and having any food of our choice delivered right to our doorstep. While this is very handy and hassle-free, it’s also very easy to take the beauty away because you’re not having to put in any work for it. You just click a few buttons. – But that feeling you get when you’ve been working hard in the kitchen, whipping up something quite tricky, only then to smell it all coming together, and may even have a compliment or two from whoever else is at home with you – that feeling is so good, and no one can get that from a takeaway. It’s the moment where your meal not only smells amazing, but looks it, and then you taste it and that just trumps everything! When you put so much heart and soul into your food and then it pays off – it’s magical.
So if you’d like to take a step further into the world of a chef, and start raising the bar and upping your game like a pro – here’s how.
You can never do too much research about food and preparation and cooking. The more you know, the better. By doing this, you are also able to eventually establish your own style because you will have picked so much up over time, that you’ll then have your own little favourites, as well as combining things together to result in your own unique form. You can research and find inspiration everywhere. All you need to do is turn on the cooking channel on your tv and you will be met with so much. Remember it isn’t just about the food, it’s about the culture too – it’s a way of life. So it’s important to know about where the food came from originally and how it first got used in that specific recipe that is now such a famous dish around the world today.
There is nothing wrong with admitting that you would like a little bit of help first hand, if anything, it shows just how willing you are to learn and become amazing. A mentor can be anyone that you look up to. Someone from your local restaurant, or even your Grandma. Now it’s always going to be a rather intimidating thing asking a professional chef if they’d help you, and you need to be prepared for them to say no as some just don’t have the free time to take on a prodigy, but you won’t ever know until you ask. Even if they do turn you down, it will be a flattering moment for them, and although they may not be able to train you up, they may have some great advice once and again, or even have someone else they know of that would be able to help you.
Your skill will improve the more you practise, so although right now you may not be able to chop an onion so gracefully – your time will come, you just need to stick with it and keep trying. There are basic techniques that you can learn that will help you along the way, like how to properly hold a knife, as well as what knife is used for what kind of ingredient. One trick that everybody needs to know, is how to stop you from cutting the tips of your fingers off – regardless of what it is that you’re chopping. It’s all about forming a bridge and tucking the tips of your fingers underneath. That way, the knife is able to lean against the flat length of your fingers for stability, keeping the knife in the right place as you chop.
You can’t feel the part if you don’t look the part, so get yourself a couple of restaurant aprons and get your chef fashion trend on point. You can go as over the top as you like – you play by your own rules. These items are all of use though because they’re made out of special material that is heavy duty to stop yourself setting on fire. (Yes, really.) Having said that, they are also good for the mind, because as soon as you put your outfit on – you become a chef. Your attitude will change and you now have a job to do – a purpose. You would be surprised as to how much one simple thing – like a change of clothes, can have such a strong effect on the mind. It’s a good way to compartmentalise too, because the moment you get too stressed or frustrated if something isn’t working, you can take off your apron, and have a much needed time out without staying in that headspace.
Now you know what areas you need to think about to get to where you want to be, you can start implementing them into your daily routine so that you are able to get closer to your dream. Just think of the dinner parties you will be able to throw!
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