Passion. Food. Cooking. Love.... these four words are some of the most important words in my vocabulary. While at crossfit today I discovered that not everyone has a love for food like I do. Surprise surprise. The owner of the crossfit gym I go to expressed his lack of love for food and eating. He said he doesn't necessarily "enjoy" eating and can just buy a steak, cook it, and eat it with nothing on it. Woah. Salt and pepper at least man. That is like... an unforgivable sin. You might as well just eat seitan.
I don't just love food, but I love the whole process behind it and the passion you can put into it. For me, I cook with the purpose of love. I know, that sounds cheesy as hell... ( mmm cheese.) but it's true. I love cooking for people I love, and I want people to feel the love through my food. I don't ever want the passion and love behind cooking to die for me. It makes me nervous when I have to remember the business side of food and cooking. I am taking a few classes this quarter that deal with running your own restaurant, managing employees, menu pricing...etc. It is scary to think that passion might one day be substituted for stress and money. I don't ever want my love for cooking to be just another business. I understand it comes with the occupation...otherwise I should of just become a housewife right? Well, lets not get too domestic. I love me some excitement and competition too.
It will be interesting to see where I will fit in the food world. People ask me all the time what I want to do with my culinary degree after I graduate. I know I want to start off in restaurants to gain experience and knowledge but I still haven't quite decided what I want to do after that. I can picture it...but I can't map out the steps yet. It is kind of a mind puzzle with missing pieces. All I know is that I want use my cooking skills towards something other than to feed my own ego. I want to help people. Yes, I know...that is what potential doctors say and we both know I am not that smart but really, I want food to be able to bring people together, help them reconnect to their food, know how it is grown, where it comes from, and how to cook it.
As you can probably see, food is more than something I enjoy eating. There is so much more meaning behind it. I suggest you find out what it means to you. Yep, that's right. Go cook something.
Seriously, stop thinking about how "inconvenient" cooking is and think about how convenient it is that you have something called a kitchen which is meant to be used.