Originally Posted by buckytom
it has it's merits, but otherwise i find it annoying to try to make chefs use odd ingredients to come up with a dish that makes a singularly inclusive result in a short period of time.
much like making foie gras into a fajita...
I think, Tom, that's the point. Truly great chefs...Masters of the craft...have to be able to just come up with superb dishes on the fly. That is what has me so empassioned with cooking. Anyone can follow a recipe...certainly nothing wrong with recipes. Thank the good Lord for them!!!!
But there is something so .... so.... what's the word I want.... satisfying? in knowing you can take sometimes ridiculous ingredients and turn them into delicious meals.
I HATE canned anything. I HATE processed foods. So when my husband comes in and says "I bought spaghetti sauce, it was cheaper", I no longer wince...I take the cans and work my magic. I put heart and soul into turning that can into something everyone "snarfs" down. I love that.
I watch Chopped. Not all the time, but I enjoy it. I enjoy seeing the Chefs and how they work. I can tell which ones will fail...not by their food, but by attitude and how they work in the kitchen.
After one episode of that show, "Sweet Treats"????? oh I can't remember... with Ron Ben-Israel (love that man's creations btw), Geoffrey Zaccharian issued a challenge on Twitter. He listed ingredients and I went for it. I thought what I made was very good. But I was so down on confidence that I never submitted it. Shame on me. Family loved it.
THAT to me, is a sign of a professional chef. To be able to take crap, and make it heavenly.
Try not to watch the show...LOL..just watch the show...if ya get my meaning.
btw....I know I sound like an idiot. LMAO!!!!!