Gourmet cooking deals with preparing the finest and freshest possible ingredients in your meals. Famous Chef Gordon Ramsey would tell you that in order to enjoy authentic gourmet food, can’t just buy fresh ingredients, then let them sit around for two days. Once your ingredients are purchased, you should prepare the meal as soon as possible. Not only do you want to purchase the freshest ingredients when preparing for your gourmet meals, but you also want to insure that you’re buying the best quality ingredients.
If you’re a whiz at gourmet cooking and food preparation, you have dozens of career outlets available to you. From catering services, to opening up your own restaurant (or chain of restaurants) to even getting your own tv show, if you have an entrepreneurial spirit, your culinary talents will help you ‘write your own check’ in the world of business.
When it comes to cooking gourmet food, the two previously mentioned rules are a deal breaker. Everything else is purely a matter of adventure and taste. This doesn’t mean that just anyone can become a gourmet cook just by going out and buying the freshest of ingredients and ‘willy nilly’ throwing them into a pot. There’s a fair degree of art involved when it comes to gourmet cooking, and a huge degree of skill and creativity that one should possess to be able to create a culinary masterpiece.
You should also know that fresh ingredients aren’t always available, so there are times when you’re going to have to compromise when cooking gourmet meals. On those occasions (hopefully they’re infrequent) you simply need to plan your meal around what’s in season whenever possible. When it comes to cooking gourmet food the layering of flavors is a major consideration. You should be able to taste the meat or seafood as well as the vegetables, herbs, and spices that make up your artfully prepared meal.
Try not to rely on taste or aroma alone when cooking your gourmet meal. As I mentioned above, gourmet cooking is a matter of skill to a large degree, but there’s definitely some degree of art involved. Presentation is a key component of the gourmet dining experience. The addition of a few freshly chopped herbs on the plate before placing the food will compliment the flavor of the meal you have prepared. Present the fruit and vegetable sides in an artful fashion rather than just tossing them onto a plate and voila! You have a meal that it beautiful AND tasteful!
With proper presentation, even foods that were simple to prepare can take on the flavor and appearance of a gourmet feast. You keep this in mind whether your cooking plans for the evening involve the gourmet or the every day. One of the best things about gourmet cooking is that it’s to some degree more art than science. That means that there’s always room to improve your skills and stretch your limits as a cook. There will always be the next great challenge or the ‘what if’ when it comes to flavor combinations.
Actually, some of the greatest dishes began with someone asking, “I wonder how this would taste if…?” When you’re cooking, always ask “what if” and always look forward to improving your culinary skills. If this is something you want to learn, there are always gourmet cooking classes offered at gourmet food shops in your area. Some colleges or local community programs also offer cooking classes for a few bucks if you are interested.
Alternately speaking, this IS the 21st century. You can take cooking classes online now! And you can learn from the best in the culinary game! There are always opportunities to broaden your cooking horizons with gourmet cooking!
Whether this is your first time thinking about gourmet cooking or you are an old pro, remember that culinary skills can be learned and improved over time. If you want to learn more about gourmet cooking there is really nothing to stop you from doing that. The web, your local library, and bookstores across the country have oodles of information that can help you get started on the road to gourmet cooking heaven.