Having a culinary background has given me a lot of different opportunities in the food industry. I’ve worked in restaurants, for catering companies, and I’ve been wrangled into doing a fair amount of teaching. Wrangled is probably the wrong word, because teaching is something I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. I’ve taught culinary classes to large groups of people through church and other organizations and I’ve also taught on a one-on-one basis. In either case, I’ve loved watching nervous cooks blossom into confidence in the kitchen. I’ve loved hearing from my “students” that they’re trying new recipes, branching out, and continuing to grow in their culinary skills and love for cooking.
I’m a firm believer that anyone can cook and love it–you just need a good foundation. It’s hard to enjoy cooking when you haven’t mastered the basics and you can’t get past the tedium of food prep and the monotony of the same recipes week after week because you just don’t know where to start.
My love of cooking is something I want to share with everyone, so I was inspired to start a new series on this blog. Culinary Basics is something that I want to benefit YOU as much as possible. I want to know what kinds of things you want to learn to do in the kitchen. There are some things I know without a doubt I will cover–next week for instance I’m going to be doing a breakdown of basic knife skills. But really, I want you to take full advantage of the fact that I’ve spent thousands of hours learning about food and cooking. Anything you want to learn in more depth than you could get from just a recipe or a cookbook, feel free to mention in the comments so I can get some posts going on topics you want to learn about.
I’m really excited about this and I can’t wait to see where it goes–for me and for all of you! :)
What kinds of things have you always wanted to learn how to make? What skills do you want to learn in the kitchen?