I need to learn to cook.
Ok. Yes, I do know how to cook, but that isn’t what I meant. I need to learn to cook well. Like, restaurant well. Given my propensity for wanting to eat restaurant quality food on a regular basis, I need to learn to cook fast lest my bank account decide to find a more doting benefactor (“Always take, take, take. Why don’t you GIVE!!”).
So how does a home cook take their cooking chops to the next level? Over the last couple of months I’ve been trying to do just that, and have found some solid paths to improving my culinary capabilities. Hopefully, some of my successes and missteps will serve others well. Your mileage may vary!
The focus of this particular article: ChefSteps
ChefSteps: Cook smarter
ChefSteps is officially my culinary instruction crutch right now. It takes two things that I find particularly interesting, food and science, and combines them. The tag line fits their model perfectly: Cook smarter. Leverage modern cooking techniques to produce food at a level you likely never thought possible in your home kitchen.
Many of the photos of food I’ve shared over Instagram the last few months have been a result of the recipes and techniques I’ve found on ChefSteps. The early reviews from friends and family that have tried some of the dishes have been positive, the empty dishes left in their wake the proof that they weren’t simply trying to stroke my ego.
The classes themselves are typically affordable at $39 per course. They offer more than a handful of their courses, including one on sous vide cooking, for free, so its easy to give them a try at no cost. They have a strong community of members that are quick to offer help when you post questions to their forum., and many of their recipes are also free. One thing of note: you will be spending money on some of the do-dads and thing-a-ma-jiggers to be successful, but I promise you that if you make the investment in some of these higher priced items, you won’t regret it.
I love ChefSteps, and with their help I’m actually taking steps in the right direction and learning how to be a better cook.