10 Secret Things You Can Learn From a Personal Chef!

Cooking can become a daunting process when you think of all the meals you need to eat.  Eating 3 times a day, is 21 meals a week, 90 meals a month and 1,095 meals a year.  That’s a lot of time eating, not to mention cooking!  It’s easy to see how it can become tedious and a “have to” rather than “want to” task.  So we put together a list of 10 things you can learn from a Personal Chef to make cooking and eating a bit more fun and to give you all a bit more confidence in your style!

10 Secrets To Learn From a Personal Chef

1: Fanciness doesn’t really mean anything, the best food comes from the heart.

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Forget molecular gastronomy, deconstructed whatever and reduced whichever.  The best food comes from what you have confidence in, it shows in your food.  When you are pouring your heart and soul into a dish it comes through in the amazing taste.  That’s why Italian Grandmothers always make the best lasagne (yes, it might be a cliche, but it’s true).  So stop looking up fancy Chef jargon and stick to what you love eating and what you love cooking.

2: Don’t be ashamed of your palate.

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Everybody has a different palate, some people can’t stand oysters and other people love them (although we bet a fair few are lying about that).  If you know what you like then make that, who cares if you like ketchup with your pasta?  If your palate is developed in certain flavours then experiment more with those, you’ll be amazed and what you can create with food you really enjoy eating.

3: Experiment, experiment, experiment.

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True creativity comes out when your ingredients are scarce, think about the wonderful things you make when you only have a tin of tuna, a couple of carrots, an egg and spices.

4: Have conversations.

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Speak to people about food, when you make something ask people for their feedback.  People will always be kind when you leave them with open questions, but if ask them a specific question such as “I think there’s too much cardamon in this and the sauce could be thicker, what do you think?” they will provide you with better insights.  Speak to people about what they like to eat and cook with too, you can learn a lot from your peers.

5: You really can teach yourself.

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Learning from peers is one thing, but there’s a plethora of information on the internet.  There’s thousands of how to videos and millions of recipes, culinary school and cooking classes aren’t needed.  All you need to do is sit down, have a Google and interact with people.

6: Taking photos of food is actually really hard.

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It’s true, being a food photographer is one of the hardest photography specialities.  If you get the lighting wrong food can look really ugly.  Don’t be disheartened if your food doesn’t look like your favourite food blogger’s Instagram feed.  There’s no doubt that food blogger had a professional food stylist and food photographer on hand at that photo shoot.  But we’re not saying there’s anything wrong with making food that’s just as beautiful to look at as it is to eat.  If you want more food styling tips, then read these tips from Personal Chefs.

7: You don’t just eat with your mouth.

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That brings us to the next tip, eating activates all senses, from your eyes, to your ears, to your nose and to your touch.  Making food that satisfies as many senses as possible will make it taste even better. Food is truly a sensory experience. 

8: Recipes are just guidelines.

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You don’t have to follow recipes religiously if you’re missing an ingredient leave it out or substitute it with something if you want to add something else in then go for it!  Try a recipe out first, then once you’ve tasted it think of other ways to improve it.

9: Never doubt yourself.

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Your confidence comes through when cooking, so if you mess up then mess up with confidence and improvise.

10: Use good knives.

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Finally, buy yourself a good set of knives.  Stop massacring meat with blunt knives.  Sharp knives make it a lot quicker and easier to prepare food and present it.

If these tips have inspired you to learn first hand from a Private Chef then search for your ideal Chef here.  If you have any questions or suggestions then let us know in the comments below!