Do you like cooking, but you don’t feel sure or confident about your cooking skills? Have you undergone a lot of criticism that has made you feel insecure regarding your cooking style or recipe and food choice? Or, have you simply wondered what it’s like to be a professional cooker that doesn’t have to work as a chef, but can be one at home? Here are some practical tips on how to learn from kitchen experts and become one.
- Clear the space between your wants
Decide what is the thing or the skill that you want to do professionally. Cooking is like studying any art or science subject (depends on your point of view). Once you choose where you want to start from, you’ll be able to make difference between what’s principal and what’s less important.
- Start as a beginner
Even if you have the basic skills, don’t be impatient or embarrassed to start as a beginner. First learn the things that you’ll need the most and then feel free to broaden your learning and your skills.
- Choose a specific area
You have already chosen cooking as the new area of your interest. Now it’s time to choose a … well, call it a category, subcategory or group, whatever fits the best, but choose one specific skill that you’ll start becoming good at. Is it cake or cookies making? Is it basic beginner’s recipes and dishes? Or maybe you would like to specialize in roasted food and baking?
- Discover your own expertise
Pay attention at your way of working in the kitchen; what’s your style, how do you feel and what are you best at? Explore and discover your own abilities and skills. This way, you’ll know what are you supposed to improve or learn more.
- Read and watch
Read cooking books, scripts and magazines. Go in the city library and look through the old books for cooking. Watch TV shows; watch both famous and unknown chefs and cookers. There are plenty of people that you can learn from, no matter their celebrity status.
Spend more time in kitchen
Nothing will make you a better expert than being in the kitchen and experimenting with food. Just make sure that you’re working in safe conditions. Cook, try, criticize yourself and ask others for constructive criticism.