Would you invite a chef?
Is the glamorous imagery of gastro-porn a barrier to sharing your table?
Adam Gopnik, (frequent contributor to The New Yorker) wrote when reviewing a book by a three star chef…
Even for a good cook the dishes are essentially unrealizable, but that does not alter their encyclopedic significance: images of Heaven are painted to encourage you to go there, not to help you build it in your back yard.
I can't abseil, I can't play the piano, I don't have a swimming pool, I can't discuss dialectical materialism, I don't jog and I've never read Proust in the original French.
I cook. I'm a retired chef of some note. I have good tastebuds. I have a good eye. I ran a business. I still have access to great produce. I have all the important cook books.
Non-chefs often cook as well as I do. Often, I just do it faster and neater. Sometimes I'm tired and mess up.
We're surely all allowed to be good at something without terrifying people into saying
"Oh, I couldn't cook for you!"
How do you feel about inviting a chef?
(The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food - Adam Gopnik)
3/12/2017 03:10:28 pm
It’s another version of the ‘barbecue stopper’ - a psychologist friend has a similar challenge. See https://youtu.be/Dj8mSG7BUAk
3/12/2017 11:43:30 pm
I love inviting you for dinner! Your better off inviting a chef because they are more likely to like food.
4/12/2017 10:25:52 am
I must say I do feel a little apprehensive when inviting eg.a chef and friends as most of my friends are very good cooks.
8/12/2017 05:15:12 pm
I cooked for a very lovable Spanish friend who is a chef. He said "Oh you were so brave to cook rabbit!" I was put in mind of "Yes, Minister" where the key word was 'courageous', but I think the meaning was the same!
Mmmm. Strange comment from the Spaniard! I'm sure it was delicious.
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