The REAL truth about my kitchen

May 10, 2011
Denise Simmons, Corporate Chef

Do professional chefs cook at home? Hmmm…interesting question, and one I’m asked frequently.

Some chefs love to cook at home. I imagine they have beautifully designed & outfitted kitchens, and spend their discretionary time creating amazing dishes for family & friends.

Then there’s the other type of chef…one like me. When I was cooking full time, the last thing I wanted to do was come home from a long, hot day at work and prepare another meal. Besides, I found cooking at home much more challenging than working in a commercial kitchen. When you don’t cook somewhere a lot, you don’t have the equipment or food to pull off a great meal without a lot of extra effort. I could also never get the hang of cooking for only a few people. Even if I was only planning on three or four guests, I always managed to make enough for fifty. And I hate leftovers!

That’s changed however, now that I’m not cooking full time at work. I miss the creative side of it, and the chance to mix a few ingredients together and come up with something that delights me and others. There really is a certain peace to be found in cooking…one that not only feeds the body, but nourishes the soul as well.

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