#itsaboutthefood - five little words that can mean so much to so many, but what does it really mean. As a Chef, our lives are build on food and what we do with it, how we prepare it and what we prepare for that matter. We will go savory or will we go sweet. Will we go spicy or we will go ethnic. But in the end, it comes down to how will the food makes us feel.
Most times we eat due to the fact we are hungry - but a lot of times we will eat for various emotions; depression, stressed, angry, etc... However, we forget food creates emotions with in; ironically, it is that same food that can create the same emotions that prompt eating. Most powerful of all, food will create the emotion of satisfaction or bliss. For food to create such emotions of bliss - it takes 3 things.
1. Where the food comes from. Many of us for so long have have taken for granted where food comes from, and it fact many of us dont even know where food comes - we just know it is there. Just as when buying a house - location is everything- food is the same way. Food that is local, substanable and sesonal will make all the difference. Local food, means it will not have to travel forever and can spend more produce natural flavors, versus being picked early and being laid up in a ‘gas house’ to ripen or rot. Substanable food, means we are only produce what we need when we need it. That we are not over working the land and there will always be some. Sesonal food, means only the most flavorful is being used and ties directly in substanable food. Season is also ethical, economically, and ecological.
2. How is the food treated? Is the food loved, is it respected, it is well taken care of? Every piece of food - land, sea or air; from the seed, to the herb, to the flower once had life. its life is valued, has meaning and purpose in the grand scheme. And as it once had life, it gave its life so that we may have life or enough life that much more. Food should be store properly, so that the best flavor may be relished. Food should not be wasted, as it is shame to waste a life. Properly respected and treated food, will maintain freshness and flavors. Food should be valued - for it is believed if you love it, it will love you back - even in death.
3. Finally how is it prepared. Which is always the almighty question - “what do I cook and how do cook it?” Although all food and flavor is subjective - the fact is there is a right way and wrong to prepare something. Wrong preparations of food, can produce bad textures, off putting aromas that will ruin the entire dining experience. While proper preparations or techniques will produce very delectable and ever more desirable texture, followed with mouth watering aromas. Following the seasons will definitely lead the way to properly cooked food. ‘Listening’ to the food will also lead the way to properly cooked food. Every food items, has individual characteristics that will always lead the way to proper cooking methonds.
In the end, its about the food all boils down to what we get from food and how that food makes us feel. Food is a living thing that creates joy, feelings and emotions that can be hard to articulate. Most of all food will create a bond with those we enough it with. Its about the food is so much more than simply what’s for dinner - greatly in how are we going to feel today.
I am that guy who stands in a room and wears a funny, tall hat. I am the one who endures undesirable heat, intentionally. I am that one who leads others and has most of the answers. I am that guy who wears a white jacket while working in a messy environment. I am that guy who makes things happen. I am that guy who creates so many wonderful, creative and unforgettable dishes; however, it didn’t start that way or did it just happen…..