Have you ever experienced a meal that was so magical, so perfectly balanced and flavourful, that it stays with you? Do you think about it sometimes, wishing that you could relive that moment? Does that memory bring you joy, and a smile to your face?
If you answered yes, then you understand that food has power. It can evoke emotion. And, an exceptional meal is more than just sustenance, meant to maintain life. A skillfully prepared feast is the work of an artist.
While all we may see is a pretty plate before devouring a meal, the time, energy, passion, skill and creativity that went into the preparation, cooking and plating of a dish can sometimes go unappreciated. Just like the heated camaraderie of Junkanooers working tirelessly behind the scenes on their journey to Bay Street, the same fiery passion can be found in many kitchens. And, just like a die hard Junkanoo lover who painstaking creates a one-night-only masterpiece, chefs pour themselves into their food with the understanding that the experience will be a short lived oneâ¦. But, one that will hopefully live on in the memories of their diners.
Professional chefs spend years battling the heat of the kitchen to learn their craft and to develop their artistic culinary vision. Behind the scenes, they earn literal battle scars from inevitable hot grease splatters or burnt hands. And, it is that mix of theoretical knowledge, hands on experience, chef-to-chef mentorship and trial by fire, that helps to forge and nurture the talent of a chef.
But, you can still create a memorable dining experience, at home…
While at home cooks may not have the technical expertise of a professional chef, the passion and emotion of food is something that cannot be taught. The next time you step into the kitchen to prepare a meal, channel your inner food artist and embrace the urge to run out. Experiment with bold flavors and spices.Use your plate as your canvas.Take your time. Add a garnish or two. Get creative with a sauce design. Or, even flex with an edible flower to create your own, personal masterpiece.Â