When you go out to eat, it’s a sociable experience. Time to sit with friends or loved ones, bond, relax, and – of course – enjoy the food.
For anyone with a touch of foodie in their soul, eating out can be a complex experience. On one hand, you enjoy the food that is put in front of you. You appreciate the experience of the chef, the flavors that have been created, the beauty of the way it is presented as if ready for that perfect Instagram picture.
On the other hand, if you’re a bit of a chef yourself, then it can be disheartening. It’d be so much easier and more convenient if you could create food of this standard for yourself, wouldn’t it? You might feel that you’re good, but you’re not entirely sure that you can ever be great. While to an extent that’s to be expected – you’re not a professional after all – it might leave you wondering if it’s possible to get close to restaurant-quality at home.
Yes! Food Is Just Food
The “yes” argument begins with the simple fact that food is just food. If someone has been able to cook it in a particular, special way, then so can you. All you need to do is spend time practicing and experiment with flavors, spices, meats, and cooking techniques then you can create food to the standard you hope for.
No! You’re Not A Professional!
After all, creating those amazing meals that you love is the work of a professional. These are people who have trained for years to be able to put a meal together the way that they can. You experimenting in your kitchen isn’t going to be able to replicate what they have learned and the experience that has been gained, year in year out.
Yes! You Can Replicate A Kitchen Environment
Obviously, not the kind of kitchen environment that involves people ranting at one another, as with certain TV shows! But you can create a similar environment with the right equipment. You can find cast-iron pans that could be even better than a restaurant’s cookware, have the best Japanese knife for those days when only sushi will do, and invest in blenders and food processors to make it all easy. With the right equipment and knowing how to use it, anyone can get close to restaurant perfection.
No! Eating Out Isn’t Just About The Food
There might be some truth to this; a lot of the pleasures of dining out are about the atmosphere and ambiance that surrounds the food. There’s also the knowledge you’re not going to have to deal with the washing up, nor did you have to source the ingredients individually. There’s no doubt that even if we could all whip up the most delicious food imaginable, if we wanted to kick back and enjoy an evening, then we’d head to a restaurant to do it.
Yes! There’s No Such Thing As A Bad Cook
With time and patience, anyone can become a good, then great, cook. Professionals just have more time to do it. Make it your hobby and you’ll be halfway there.