Television has always been a tool for entertainment, but can it instead be a tool for education? Of course! This has been proven time and time again. But, what about improving your skills in terms of cooking? The good news is that some of those televisions show you are watching for entertainment may also be teaching you a great deal at the same time. The fact is, some of today’s top television chefs are teaching people skills that are transferring back to the kitchen. Do you notice yourself chopping differently or perhaps trying to dice onions by slicing the onion in two ways first?
It is important to have a good teacher who is following the directions. On cooking television shows, be sure that those you are watching have the credentials to teach you. Have they gone to culinary school or are they at least teaching you the techniques in the proper format? Also, be sure to find someone to watch that you trust and like. These will help you to pay more attention to that chef which translates getting more knowledge from them.
There are a variety of things you can learn from a television chef. You can learn how to properly cook various meals. You learn how to know when food is properly cooked. You also learn methods for cutting foods of all types. You may have learned how to fold in whipped cream so it does not deflate. You may have learned how to make a cheesecake in a water bath without burning yourself. You may love those special views (like peering in from the interior of the oven to the television host.) You can learn to do everything from make a fantastic drink to learning where the dish originated.
The wealth of knowledge available on these programs should not be all you have, especially if you plan to be a professional chef. Still, for many, this is a springboard onto more impressive things. It may help to encourage you to get in the kitchen and try different foods. It may also help you to know how to tell if an avocado is ripe and how to make your own, homemade pesto within minutes. The benefit of television cooking and television chefs is that they are real people who speak to the masses about the skill of cooking. On your path to becoming the perfect chef, you may want to utilize these benefits.