The Home Chef?

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I HATE it when I’m watching Top Chef, or some other cooking show and they’ll talk down to the home chef.  As if it’s only people who go to culinary schools that have those kinds of skills.

You know, I don’t say this very often, but I do believe in this instance, it’s warranted.

Screw. You.

Try making a new meal EVERY night, to a table full of varied tastes who think you are their personal servant.  My family tends to be very appreciative of what I cook, thanks in large part to a husband who makes sure they verbalize how delicious the meal was.

I think it was cooking light that I was reading where the editor said hats off to the home chef.  He said how amazing we are to do it day in and day out.  I do wonder that if I was on a show, if I wouldn’t be able to whip some culinary school booty on a cooking show if they were given all purpose flour, canned tomatoes and peanut butter as their ingredients.

Sometimes I find cooking for my family my greatest thrill.  To teach my kids to enjoy new vegetables or types of food.  Of course, most days it’s drudgery finding a recipe within budget and that will be tasty and not make my waist blow-up like a balloon.

Try that Tom Cholicchio.

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  1. says

    Woot to the home chefs. We rule. Enough said. :)

    Seriously though, it goes back to respect/equality. People are always trying to be better than everyone else by putting others down. Can’t we all just get along?

  2. says

    I love shows like Top Chef, but I find those “home cook” comments to be so frustrating and demeaning!

    I wish I could whip things up off the top of my head, but I usually have to follow some sort of recipe (although I usually tweak the recipe to taste). But even though I have to use a recipe, it’s a LOT of work cooking for toddler and grade school palates! Have you ever noticed how chefs on those types of shows typically fail miserably when the challenge pertains to cooking for young kids?

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