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What can help me be a good cook?

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Suzy’s Answer

Hi Melissa,

I'm glad you're interested in cooking. Cooking is a form of art and it requires different skills such as cleanliness, organization skills, creativity, paying attention to detail, and etc. It also requires patience. I'm sure you've heard of the Food Network and it's safe to say that I've learned a lot from it. Start off by cooking simple dishes and learning about the different tools. Get the skills down first, then learn about what pairs well with what. It's very important to have the right set of knives and pot/pan. There is an online course called Master Class and it's extremely helpful. Gordon Ramsay is currently teaching a course, but you can always watch video tutorials on YouTube, which are just as helpful.

Hope this help and best of luck!
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Doug’s Answer

An unending hunger for knowledge…try everything…if it’s not good, try again another way
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Sara’s Answer

I am a visual person, so I like to cook by following along videos. I use youtube videos. I like to think of the meal I want to prepare, and search it up on the platform. I select the video that seems to have the clearest steps. This has helped me become a better cook as I get little tips and tricks from the youtuber as I am following along. Alternatively you may take a cooking class or buy a cook book, but I find that a youtube video is quite convenient if you are on a budget.
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Doug’s Answer

An unending hunger for knowledge…try everything…if it’s not good, try again another way
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rob’s Answer

Melisa,
To be a good cook you need to know the ingredients you are working with. blindfold yourself, and with a little help of friends taste and quiz yourself on the flavors of different spices and herbs, whether they are fresh or dried it should help.
Then study go to food 52.com has some unique recipes, pick one of you favorites and create the dish. then think of ways how you can change the recipe maybe into a different concept. for example I have a recipe for Casata di sicilana. which is at most an italian cake. I created it one day, then decided to deconstruct the cake and make it into a different thing all together. You can do this with just about anything from as simple as a grilled hot dog to beef wellington.
The most important thing is to believe in yourself, your capabilities, knowing that when you get where you want to be in life, that anything can throw a wrench into your day, so be ready.

Chef Rob
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