Rebuild your sense of Taste
These days, we're so busy running around, trying to get so many things done, that we forget to enjoy the smaller things. We wolf down our food so that we can quickly get back to what we were doing. Taste is something that has fallen to the wayside for many people. It’s not that they aren't tasting their food or drink, but that they're not experiencing it to its full potential.
As a chef, tasting is one of the most important things you do and so, here are some tips to start tasting in HD.
- Smell your food smell has a lot to do with taste. We smell your food naturally, but make a point of doing it. Focus on the smell and try to identify some of the ingredients.
- Taste individual parts of a dish before combining them and tasting the whole dish. This will build your library of individual ingredient flavours, while also allowing you to see why the dish works
- Try unusual ingredient combinations and try to figure out if and how they work together. There are some odd food combinations out there, like melon and cayenne pepper. Try some for yourself and see if they work
- Look at the food. Examine the color and the visual pleasantness. When something looks nice, you're likely to enjoy it more, even if it was already good to begin with, it will taste better.
- Focus on your mouth - move the food all around your mouth and identify the taste. Not all taste buds are on the tongue. Make use of the ones on the roof of your mouth.
A note on Taste Fatigue
As a professional, you need to be aware of taste fatigue. Basically, when you're constantly tasting all day, your sense of taste will get tired and not work as accurately as it had earlier. This may result in plates being sent back to the kitchen for being under or over seasoned.To combat this, be aware of it and get someone else to taste the food too, to make sure that you didn't miss anything.
Make a habit of paying attention to your food when you eat. Take the time to experience and enjoy the flavours, and in little time you will find a deeper understanding of food. When you truly understand the flavours of food, you can begin playing with them. Try your own combinations and see if they work well together. If they don't, is there a way you could make them work? The possibilities are endless, so start playing around with flavours.
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