If you’ve wondered how to become a better cook, you’ve come to the right place.
You no doubt know that you need to eat as healthy as possible, but if you don’t know where to start in the kitchen, it can be pretty frustrating. If you’ve opened the door to your fridge and just stared at all the healthy ingredients you’ve bought, this episode is for you.
This is a look back on my interview with Julie Miguel, she’s a Canadian food blogger and was a contestant on the first season of Masterchef Canada. She stops by to help us learn how to become a better cook, and shares her own food journey and her experience on the show. Take a listen:
Where Do You Start To Become A Better Cook?
Starting with this website and podcast is a great start. It shows that you want to develop your skills in the kitchen and get better at the art of cooking. It can be overwhelming to see a bunch of ingredients and wonder how you’re going to turn it into something you actually want to eat.
Julie gives some great tips in her interview and the secret like with anything is to start small. Don’t think you have to become Gordon Ramsay overnight but work on just mastering one or two dishes first.
Think about what your favorite meals are and then look for the best way to do a healthy version of them. And remember to take a page from all the celebrity chefs and food TV programs out there: Keep it simple.
You may have noticed how all of these people always say that “less is more” when it comes to cooking. Keep things simple with just a few ingredients, but make those ingredients as fresh and natural as possible.
What’s The Next Step?
Besides mastering a few simple meals to have in your back pocket (figuratively not literally…) it can be a good idea to move on to “one-pot meals”. This means taking advantage of simple – but amazing healthy – meals such as soups and stews.
If you want some more info on this, I have ANOTHER interview with a cooking show contestant, Andrea Beaman who was on the first season of Top Chef. She explains how one-pot meals are a great way to build your skills and still make simple and healthy meals.
Check out that interview here: Andrea Beaman
The great thing about this day-in-age is that there are so many resources for you to learn how to become a better cook. Besides all the great food tv shows, there are a million blogs and a ton of YouTube channels so that you can learn how to make anything you wish.
If this is all new to you, make sure to learn the basics like controlling heat, poaching an egg, chopping and using a knife, making rice and pasta, and how to saute. You can find simple tutorials on YouTube for all of this stuff so there’s no excuse now to learn the basics.
Here’s a great place to start taught by the master himself: Gordon Ramsay
Wrapping It Up
So this is a great introduction on how to become a better cook and I hope this has motivated you to continue to learn. Whether you’re starting from scratch, or need to brush up on skills, learning to become a better cook just requires practice and consistency.
It won’t take long for you to build up your confidence and then you’ll want to take on more complex dishes.