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The Joys Of Gourmet Cooking

Jan 24, 2008
By definition, a gourmet meal is an elegant meal prepared with the best ingredients.

What does it take to create a gourmet meal? Professional chefs have spent many years in culinary schools and then several years after that to hone their skills to perfection. But is it really essential to have years of training and the best kitchens to prepare a gourmet meal?

You may watch the shows on television where chefs from all walks of life prepare gourmet meals. Some have fabulous kitchens and the finest cooking appliances and utensils, and the results are sensational. There are others who have the most basic kitchens and the results are equally marvelous.

On the small screen it looks so easy to prepare a scrumptious meal in just minutes. Of course, these true gourmets have perfected their skills with many years of hands-on experience, but it's important to remember that every chef learns the craft with a lot of trial and error, a great deal of experimenting and some really awful results.

There are a lot of courses that are offered to the public on how to make your own gourmet meals. These courses are taught at local colleges and universities as well as private organizations that teach the basics of food preparation. Part of what the courses teach is what food are compatible with different herbs and spices, so when they are back in their own kitchens, they have the needed skills to prepare a gourmet meal with ease.

In five star restaurants, professional chefs prepare and serve gourmet meals every day. Of course, they have assistant chefs who work hard at the more tedious tasks of peeling, chopping and preparing foods for cooking. At the end of the day, however, it's the head chef who gets all the credit.

Can you, as an average cook, create a culinary masterpiece that can qualify as a gourmet meal? Of course you can! There are kitchens all over the world with one person taking care of the entire preparation of a gourmet meal. They do the peeling and the chopping and the cooking, and they receive due credit for a gourmet meal worthy of an award.

Of course having a degree in culinary arts could ensure a fantastic career, but anyone who has the desire to create a masterpiece can do it.

Don't be fooled by the advertisements for top notch appliances, cookware and bake ware. You don't need fancy or expensive equipment to create a gourmet meal.

There is one area that must always be top quality, and that is your ingredients. You can never substitute quality, and the results of your efforts will always directly reflect the ingredients you use.

True gourmet meals are created with the heart and the imagination. Whether you're cooking a classic filet mignon or an elegant crown rack of ribs, you can create a gourmet meal, right in your own kitchen.
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Author Flora Murkett loves writing for several popular Internet magazines, on home decor and family matter subjects.
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