As a Chef, Taste Testing is huge! But just because these are Taste Tests, doesn’t mean they should go unnoticed in a chef’s diet! Of course if one of my cooks ask me to try a dish or sauce they’ve conjured up, it’s a simple yes, no questions asked! Naturally, I taste a countless number of creations every day! From a simple bite of pepper corn saute, a spoonful of fresh Pico de Gallo, to the salty, deliciousness of a buttery-egg yolk Hollandaise sauce (that you know would be delicious on that carb loaded biscuit). And it begins!! I dip my spoon in… The first bite, delicious. I take another to be sure. Delectable! I reach in for thirds…. Then suddenly I hear, “DON’T DO IT!”. My brain has brought my stomach back to reality! I regretfully lay my spoon aside. But alas! I conquered that hurdle! I didn’t let myself overdo it!
After many observations, it comes down to this, a chubby Chef does a ton of Taste Testing! HAHA! But really, after watching all the Taste Tests my past mentors did in one day, it was almost like they were eating a small to medium sized portion meal! In my kitchen, there are always those days when the chicken salad or Chef’s soup tastes just right, so you have to keep Taste Testing it. Well I like to call that Grazing! If you get spotted grazing multiple times a day you’ll likely be called a goat, cow, piggy or pretty much any farm animal name!
The list below contains some of the saute station items found in my kitchen. It is one out of five stations that would be regularly “checked” by Chefs for quality. You guessed it, that means lots of Taste Testing!
As a Chef, it is my responsibility to eat! Plain and simple. But it is also my responsibility to myself to not overdo those Taste Tests and to be mindful of what I’m putting into my body!
By incorporating these food intakes into my diet plan I can keep tabs on how they affect my body. So to all the Chefs out there trying to stay healthy, fit, and live well, think before you repetitively Taste Test that Demi Glace or that succulent Pork Belly! Save some room for those fresh strawberries! Remember, they may just be Taste Tests but they all add at the end of the day.