I am not sure how many of you are familiar with this type of cuisine or should I say food preparational process. I recently heard about it from my girlfriend who wants to become a gourmet chef. My response was “is that some kind of recipe”? Apparently not… The definition makes everything all that [...]
I am not sure how many of you are familiar with this type of cuisine or should I say food preparational process. I recently heard about it from my girlfriend who wants to become a gourmet chef. My response was “is that some kind of recipe”? Apparently not…
Gourmet (/ɡɔrˈmeɪ/) is a cultural ideal associated with the culinary arts of fine food and drink, or haute cuisine, which is characterised by refined, even elaborate preparations and presentations of aesthetically balanced meals of several contrasting, often quite rich courses.
The definition makes everything all that clear. A high level cuisine involving “meal or ingredient of high quality, of special presentation, or high sophistication”. This of course is all great, I love sophistication, I love class, style and beauty…but when it is in reasonable amounts. You see I am a practical man and an athlete. Apparently a meal that is half the size of my fist is not going to help me a lot in my training unless I am on some drastic diet.
I like things that I can enjoy but at the same time gain some benefit of. I am sure everybody can agree candies taste well and are rather enjoyable but none of us would recommend them to fellow athletes. I feel the same about this type of food. It looks pretty, it looks interesting and artistic, but in order to achieve that look chefs sometimes give it a rather awkward taste. Not to mention that the amounts are ridiculously small. It’s like the demo version of the whole meal, just when your appetite has opened and you have to stop eating.
I was at a rather expensive wedding earlier this year. Everything was very well prepared with a lot of subtlety in the process. The wedding carried in a castle in Italy. Nice view(being up on a mountain), fresh air, catering services and servers everywhere taking care of the guests. And the food of course…gourmet! I think it is needless to say that I remained hungry even after the 7th final meal. Every meal was centered on a big plate guarded with a sauce or pieces of vegetables/fruits giving it an enchanting touch. However though out of all 7 meals I only liked the third, to an extent.
In conclusion I am debating on the following. This cuisine is either too extravagant for my taste or I am too simple to comprehend it. I would choose a normal sized steak and a salad on any day over any of these “refined” meals. I would rather be considered a man with no class when it comes to food but one that enjoys his food and excels in his workouts than one that is enslaved to people’s opinion.
But that’s me, let me know how you feel about the whole gourmet cuisine. :)