Things has been awfully cordial on this maiden voyage of my blog, however it’s time to VENT. You will come to find out about me that at times, I can get nuclear, so here goes. I’ve heard the above saying one too many times. To be clear, you CANNOT learn to be a PROFESSIONAL chef from a book. Working in a professional kitchen with all of its inherent pressures, hierarchy, politics, and demands, is no different than working at your particular job. You must learn the ropes there.
However, the act of cooking, producing great food can be learned from books, instructional videos, etc. On the first day of trigonometry class did the instructor say, “Okay people no textbooks for this class, you can’t learn trigonometry from a book,” RIDICULOUS. If you take the time to study, and then practice in the kitchen you undoubtedly can learn to cook from a book. Luckily for the so inclined, the greatest chefs over time have generously, for profit, shared their knowledge with the world.
Oh, and please don’t say that you are SELF-TAUGHT. Everything you know is learnt from someone else, maybe not directly through a class in school, but from knowledge outside of yourself. Who amongst us that is fortunate enough to walk, says “Yes I walk, I was self-taught.” No, someone took the time to teach you to walk, and not in a class by the way. I did not go cooking school, I’ve taken some classes, but ultimately I learn better through self-study. Nevertheless, the knowledge comes from outside of me. Saying that one is self-taught is just another way for humans to satisfy their need to feed the ego.
The third statement I get that burns me up is…”You were born with it.” Really?! I was born on October 21 in the 70’s with a functioning cardiovascular system that keeps me alive, and brain cells that work, sometimes. Through the years I’ve killed off far too many, but that’s off point. I can go on for pages, but my blood pressure is way too high right now, and that cardiovascular system might stop working mid-blog.
That’s all for now…till we exchange a few words again…Peace!