Being a good chef does not just mean you memorize all the recipes and you work in big restaurants or hotels. A good chef loves what they do and wants to create delicious meals for themselves and the people they love or serve good food to people. It takes a lot of effort and a lot of learning too. Being a good chef could also lead you to open up your own establishment, maybe in Bandar Sunway. This city in Selangor is famous among youngsters so it’d be great to open up an establishment, especially a great restaurant by a great chef, in Bandar Sunway. Thus, here are a few tips on how to be a good, or even great, chef:
Know Your Ingredients
A good chef should be familiar with every ingredient there is. Although, don’t feel ashamed if you don’t know some at first because the fact of the matter is that there is an endless list of ingredients in the world you might not know of. The key is to learn as you go. I used to not know the difference between parsley and cilantro. Or I would describe spices or condiments by the way it looks because I couldn’t memorize a name like “cardamom”. But just learn as you go. Memorize their names, what they taste like and how they smell. This way, you would never make the mistake of garnishing with chives instead of parsley. Both are acceptable but it depends on the dish so garnishing with something other than what’s supposed to go on top would be a mistake too.
Don’t Let Ego Bring You Down
Speaking of mistakes, sometimes it has to happen for you to learn from them. For instance, draining away all your pasta water instead of keeping aside a cup of it is a mistake because keeping aside a cup ensures that the sauce mixes well with your pasta. Draining away all your pasta water would waste all the binding starchiness of said water, so, your sauce would not be well absorbed by your pasta and the taste would not be as enhanced. When you make these mistakes and someone else corrects you, just take in the knowledge. Learn from your mistakes and don’t live as an egotistical know-it-all. Some people could offer helpful knowledge, So, when they offer help, take it instead of acting like you already know everything. This will help you grow as a chef as well as improve your cooperation skills.
Experiment With Different Cuisines
If you’re planning to open up your own establishment, don’t simply offer every cuisine there is. This will lessen the quality of your food. Since your establishment would be serving a menu made by you and recipes provided by you, find what cuisine you love the most. It could be a collaboration of cuisines as well if you do it with respect for each of the cultures you integrate. The point is when you choose a cuisine that you’re familiar with and gives you the most joy, the quality of your food would be better and you’d feel happier serving people food that both you and your customers would enjoy.
Know Your Style
Speaking of knowing the cuisine you’d most enjoy cooking, every chef even has their own style or flare. Some have their kitchen on display so they can put on a show while food is being prepared or some create a signature dish that lets people know that it was made by them. Thus, give it your own flare.