Anyone who likes to tinker away in the kitchen wants to be a gourmet cook. You want to be able to craft together something special with wonderful flavors that set it apart from lesser dishes (i.e.: all the regular stuff). You want people to sit down at your table, take a bite, and exclaim “Wow! This dish is fabulous!” This should be the reaction to true gourmet food.
Gourmet food is a style of cooking that is found in any type of food, whether it is Italian, French, Modern American, Asian, or any other cuisine. But what makes a food a gourmet food? Does it require special training or culinary school? Can just anyone cook it? Gourmet food, by definition, is a high-quality food that is more sophisticated and takes greater preparation. But it is also a state of mind. There is no one ingredient that you can add to turn a simple dish into a gourmet one. There is certainly no one way to cook a standard meal so that it becomes gourmet. There are many methods, many styles, many recipes that you can use to make a simple food into a gourmet food.
What Factors Make A Food Gourmet?
Many people associate gourmet food with great taste. Yes, it should taste good. But I have a mother that makes a mean meatloaf and although it is delicious, it is not what I would call gourmet. So taste is not everything there are other factors that make a food gourmet. One of the things that makes a food a gourmet food is meticulous preparation. Often, a cook will have to carefully monitor a dish as it cooks in order to get it just right. Many gourmet foods are designed to be served under the right conditions so over-cooking or under-cooking can ruin a gourmet dish.
Quality and price of the food is also a big factor in what classifies food as gourmet. Certain foods have always been more costly than others. For example, when was the last time you saw lobster or ribeye on the cheapo’ section of a menu? Or even rack of lamb? That is because these foods are high in quality and more expensive. The general rule in the food business is, if you pay more for it, it must be more sophisticated.
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Gourmet Food As An Art
The business of gourmet food is more than just cooking a dish and slapping it down in a big mess on a plate. Many cooks and critics view gourmet food as an art. It is about creating something unique that is not seen at the dinner table every other night. It is about putting your soul into what you cook. Gourmet food at some of the finer restaurants is often presented on a plate with a bit of artistic flair. You might have just a swirl of chocolate drizzle on that cake or a piece of garnish added for a bit of color. When preparing gourmet food, it is often like creating a masterpiece work of art that appeals to our vision as well as our taste.