Chef: (n) professional cook
“Vanity, vanity, kitchen is thy name.”
You may note that I have altered the adage.
It does not matter if it’s a man or woman–if you start talking about cooking, the reaction falls into two categories:
- “I don’t cook, I will never cook, I will not touch a pan. Serve me.”
- “I’m such a good cook, people think I should start my own restaurant.”
This is confirmed by dozens of shows on television, with chefs competing with one another for the honor of being chief cook and bottle washer.
What is it about the human race that causes us to believe that we have a passable ability to serve a meal instead of the overwrought notion that our platter of “pleasables” should be offered to wine and dine kings?
Do you really have the best barbecue sauce in the country?
Is the secret to a great turkey to deep fry it?
Are green beans better with almonds?
Does the extra thirty seconds of whipping the egg whites truly make a better meringue?
Is hot sauce the universal elixir for “delish?”
Even if we can convince all the brothers and sisters of Earth that we are alike, equal and that no one is better than anyone else, after that meeting is over, there will be someone who will insist they should cook the victory meal–because they’re a better chef.