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What's your kitchen personality?Posted at 12:50PM, 09 April 2009 by Mary Cadogan - Food writer
Now that my cookschool classes have been up and running for a while, I've noticed how no two cooks approach a task in the same way. Give the same recipe to six different cooks and you'll taste six different dishes at the end. I reckon there are four main cooking personalities: the Precision cook, the Carefree cook, the Cautious cook and the Jaded cook.
Ask a Precision cook to roll out pastry to a certain size and you can be sure that it will be done exactly, preferably using a ruler. Pinches, handfuls and seasoning to taste are not helpful expressions for them. Give them an apple to peel, core and cut into wafer-thin slices and they're in heaven. Precision cooks are a great asset in the kitchen because they enjoy keeping everything shipshape.
The Carefree cook chats with fellow cooks while covering surfaces and themselves with flour
The Carefree cook is pretty much the opposite kitchen personality. You have to watch this cook as no sooner have you given them the quantities for pastry , they will have tipped the flour and butter into the bowl, started rubbing it in and will be ahead of you every step of the way if you're not careful. This cook relies on intuition and has a lot of fun in the kitchen, chatting with fellow cooks while covering surfaces and themselves with flour. Results are what they're after, so they love all the time-saving hints you can throw at them.
Cautious cooks, on the other hand, are often quite new to cooking, or have been put off by things going wrong, so it's a joy to take them through a recipe to a successful finish and share their delight at their achievement. Cautious cooks hate to feel rushed as they enjoy spending time on each stage of the cooking process to avoid mistakes.
The Jaded cook is more often than not a mum who has been cooking for her family for more years than she cares to remember, can turn out tasty meals time after time but has mislaid her love of cooking somewhere along the way. Coming to a cookschool can be a brilliant boost for the Jaded cook, not just for the inspiration and clutch of new recipes to try, but also the pleasure of meeting other cooks and swapping kitchen experiences.
Of course it doesn't really matter what kind of cook you are as long as you enjoy your cooking. I find that whatever your cooking personality, us cooks are a generous lot and there's nothing we like better than to swap ideas. Often my guests go home with promises to send each other recipes, forward a useful website or post a hard-to-find ingredient.
So my question is, what kind of cook do you think you are? Or do you fit into an altogether different category? Me? I reckon I'm a Carefree cook with a bit of precision thrown in for good measure!