The Year of the Chef

I’m not an early adopter. I’m not cutting edge. And I’m usually that person who shares that YouTube video (with already 1 million views) like it’s the funniest new thing.

So it wasn’t a surprise to me that I never heard about the show “The Taste” until I saw several episodes sitting in OnDemand.

The Taste on ABC
The Taste on ABC

For those stragglers who are more out of the loop than I am (I know you are few and far between), the premise of the show is this: people compete for a prize by presenting a spoonful, or a “taste” of food. While I can do without the team structure so reminiscent of The Voice, I like hearing their critique about the dishes. The food should be savory and sweet. It should have enough acid (but not too much). It should have varying textures. And all of these things must work in harmony to create balance in your perfect bite.

I’d say the coolest thing about the show though, is that home cooks compete alongside actual chefs. I know I’m not a professional chef, and I’m not sure I could be. I’m in awe of the talent on Top Chef and Chopped, and never once have I considered that I could actually compete on that level.

But The Taste? Hmmm….

I could create a pretty awesome audition video. And it doesn’t hurt that I’ve got a cute husband and pup to help the cause.

But what WOULD my taste be?

I’m stumped.

If I had one shot to cook something impressive, I have absolutely no clue what it would be. I realized that the bulk of my cooking really is more along the lines of Chopped (without the pressure of time). I look into my fridge, see what random components are in there, and try to make a cohesive dish. But ways to add texture? Or balancing flavors in a sauce (or even making a sauce)? Or breaking down a small mammal or fish? These are things I have to learn.

I have a lot to learn in ways of technique, flavors, palates, and I want to be able to whip up a delectable sauce on the fly so that every bite sings in balanced harmony.

This year, I’m ready to take the next step.

This year, as my husband says, is the Year of the Chef!