Making An Impression In Cooking
There’s a million and one ways to make a good first impression when preparing food. Whether it’s a simple home cooked meal for a loved one or a lavish Thanksgiving of Christmas feast for family and friends or a fancy menu in a fine dining restaurant, one very important key to make a good impression is to serve great tasting food. One can very well create a strong impression in a negative way by serving up terrible food but who would want to be remembered for that unless the cook never wanted to prepare anything in the first place. If the intention was not to be assigned to cook again, then mission accomplished!
However, for those who want cook to impress, there are a lot of pointers to consider to be able to do so. One doesn’t necessarily have to spend too much or sweat it out in the kitchen to gain the praises of the dining guests. It may be tempting to go overboard with expensive ingredients like beluga caviar, wagyu beef, white truffles and the like but if it will create a hole in the pocket, then it’s worthwhile using more reasonably priced ingredients but cooked in a unique manner.
One way to achieve a memorable meal is to serve up something totally unexpected. That doesn’t mean that exotic fare should be in the menu especially if your guests aren’t too fond of unfamiliar dishes. However, if you know that they like a taste of the wild side, they by all means go for exotic ingredients like ostrich, crocodile, geoduck and the like. For dining guests who you are certain are not afraid of the unexpected, you can keep the key ingredient secret and reveal it at the end once they’ve partaken of the dish. That surely leave your guests surprised – whether it’s pleasant otherwise depends on how they liked the food. When preparing anything for the first time, unless you’re an accomplished chef that can whip up surefire delicious food, it may be wise to test your recipes before serving them up.
Table side cooking is another way to impress your guests especially if they are not used to such elaborate presentations. You do not even have to buy expensive ingredients. Cooking steak ala minute for a main course and a fruit flambé for dessert are great options. When preparing steaks on the grill and personalizing the level of doneness, it is important to have the knowhow on cooking times.
A memorable meal shouldn’t start and end with the dishes served. A fine dining experience worth remembering usually goes beyond what was served and includes other memorable things such as the ambiance, music, table ware and of course the company the meal was enjoyed in.