Serious Eats: Talk
Perceived Food Passion vs. Actual Food Passion
Over the years, I've noticed inconsitencies with people's perceived passion and their actual passion concerning food.
You have the people who blog about food and watch Food Network all day long. They give recipes and suggestions to everyone they know, but they rarely ever cook at home themselves.
Some claim to have a superior palate than most and then you catch them say something truly stupid such as, "This tomato sauce is out of this world." ... when it's actually red pepper coulis.
Others will boast how cooking is the thing they do the best, yet they rely on jarred sauces and microwave their vegetables and blame it all on convenience. There's nothing wrong with convenience as long as you don't claim to be the best cook you know.
You'll have those people who try to tell you that you're preparing or cooking something the wrong way, but they are the first one's to clear their plates at the end of the night.
There are even restaurateurs out there that name their restaurant something like, "The Fresh Grill" while the majority of their food is frozen, thawed in a microwave and cooked in the oven.
The problem in all of these situations is there are people out there who actually believe they are amazing cooks. Nothing you do or say will make them realize that maybe they need to brush up on their skills, their knowledge, or be more passionate because cooking is a personal thing. People will always think their way is best.
Now I'm not expecting everyone to be a Michelin-rated chef, but the hypocrisy I've noticed with some is really quite astonishing. How passionate are you about food? Does your perceived passion align with your actual passion? Do you know anyone, perhaps a mother-in-law :), who claims to be a great cook, but actually sucks big time?