Im thinking of some stuff here...
Its hard to explain. I dont like where the modern gastronomy is going. Or the worlds cuisine. I would like it to be more chefs crazy about the food more than cooking fancy shite.
I dont think you could ever get to perfection, or even very good, but by constant repetition of the few things you like to do, and by thinking about them all the time, you can get that little bit better.
I also think, spreading your focus on too many things get you nowhere. Use your energy wisely.
Chef to me means great care. I am not good enough to care greatly about all there is to the food.
I came to think of it, when preparing for sundays little party for 20 pax.
I like to bake bread.
Here are some baguettes early in the morning, for them to rise overnight, then next day Id roll them again and twist. Rise, add some stuff on top, and bake
Now, taking the dough right isnt enough. The baking is as important as every single small detail
Youre not worth a damn if you dont eat your food
On second starter I have ravioli, here is king crab meat I just picked with salmon I took apart day ago, mixed with dill stalks, french red garlic, lemon zest, expensive virgin and bay leaves.
My oven is clean
Afterwards I leave it overnight in the pack. To be chopped the following day. The flavours are so strong it needs just little fat, I used philadelphia, seasoning and its done! I thought I would add some mussels but the mildness-sweetness wouldnt go right and got lost.
Decent stuffing cannot be followed by lousy shite pasta. I take great care of my pastas and have huge heart for it. If I overcook it, I would cry in front of the guests.
Look at the colour! You can see through that ring, yet its very solid, the pasta after boiling didnt changed the colour at all, just got shiny.
Now, with the maincourse goes pressed confit duck legs meat. Flavoured with oyster sauce, and parsley.
And a duck breast, can you score your duck?
Nice and crispy golden brown
The duck gave me some fat, why would I waste it? Instead, I boiled herbs in duck fat-noisette.
Its just food, but HEY its a food. Every single element is as important as your momma!