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Dishes with a twistPosted at 2:13PM, 22 April 2008 by Gregg Wallace - TV presenter, greengrocer
Have you heard chefs talk about twists? I don't seem to be able to get away from twists. I've even heard waiters and waitresses discussing them.
You must have come across some. Shepherds pie with a twist. Prawn Cocktail with a twist. Even whole cuisines, British classics with a twist. Or more subtle but just as bemusing, 'Modern European' or 'Modern Classics'!
What is Modern European? What on earth is wrong with very old European? How about 'Modern Classics'? How is this possible? If it's modern it can't be a classic. It would be like having an antique flat screen telly!
I just don't understand why anyone would mess with a classic. Are there culinary geniuses out there who can reinvent the wheel?
Why does a shepherd's pie need a twist? What was wrong with it in the first place? Classic dishes are just that, classics. They have starred on menus and been household favourites for years. The reason they stand the test of time is they are loved. If they are still being ordered the world over, they are classics.
How could any chef be conceited enough to think he can better it? Or, is it the chef doesn't really like the classic, and thinks everybody else has got it wrong? I just don't understand why anyone would mess with a classic. Are there culinary geniuses out there, who can reinvent the wheel? If you put chicken in a Caesar Salad, it is no longer a Caesar Salad.
I don't know, I don't mind invention and creativity; I just want classics left alone. The only twist in the kitchen should be Chubby Checker on the ipod.