This was a comment by Arthur MacMaste on the post “Celebrity Chefs Like Gordon Ramsay Make Cooking Cool for Boys Too“.
One of the appeals of cooking class is that, unlike math and English, the answers are not black and white, and there are fewer rules. Cooking is also a good way for students to be creative, and share their creations with classmates, friends, and family.
Arthur MacMaste said:
As a Chef with 20 years’ experience, I’d like to chime in.
Kudos to your son and all the other kids in this article for learning the art of cooking. Learning to cook at a young age is an incredibly important life skill that will only serve them well as adults. Being an adult who is able to cook means they will generally be more self-sufficient, healthier, and….attractive. I mean common, what is sexier than having a date where someone cooks a great meal for you!
The two most important culinary skills that I try and foster in everyone I mentor are confidence and a sense of fun. Play with your food, try new ingredients, make weird stuff, get messy, be creative and don’t worry about whether or not what you are making is going to be a masterpiece. It is only food. The more time spent playing in a kitchen with food, the more confident a child will become.
My only cautionary comment is that you need to careful looking at TV celebrity chefs for inspiration. While it makes for great entertainment, what you seen on TV is not the reality of daily life in a professional kitchen. Professional kitchens are chaotic and stressful environments where cooks generally work very long hours for generally not a lot of money. Luckily, most chefs do not do the job for the paycheck but do it because they love creating something that gives others pleasure.
Also, monster chefs like Gordon Ramsay are a dying breed. There is no reason why he needs to be such an a**hole to get the chefs working under him to be excellent. I have worked with chefs like him and I have to say that my quality of product was worse because of their attitude towards me. It is better to be respected than feared!
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