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How Do Chefs Balance The Flavour Elements In Cooking?

How Do Chefs Balance The Flavour Elements In Cooking?

Salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami are five taste elements that form our perception of flavour.   A perfectly balanced dish can elevate a dining experience, and mastering it involves understanding the elements thoroughly combined with other methods.  How do...

Understanding The Elements of Taste: Umami

Understanding The Elements of Taste: Umami

Some foods, when tasted, can be easily distinctly identified either as sweet, salty, sour or bitter.   However, some excellent tasting food is harder to describe. They are simply robust and delicious and leave you wanting more. And this is how we relate to the...

Understanding The Elements of Taste : Bitter

Understanding The Elements of Taste : Bitter

A Chef's task in cooking is to capture their intent flavour profile by balancing the different flavours of ingredients they have.   Of course, Chefs have the prerogative to be aggressive with their predominant flavour if that is what they truly want, but a...

Understanding The Elements of Taste: Sour

Understanding The Elements of Taste: Sour

In cooking, achieving a well-balanced synergy of flavours involves a Chef's knowledge of what food items or chemical compounds affect the sour notes of a dish.   Sourness, or tartness, is the taste that detects the presence of acids in our foods brought on by...

Understanding The Elements of Taste: Salt

Understanding The Elements of Taste: Salt

It is a universal knowledge that the process of cooking food involves the act of tasting to suit the desired flavour.   It is a much-desired chef skill to achieve a balanced flavour when cooking dishes, regardless of the cuisine. And rightly so, because it is a...

Let’s Talk Hair

Let’s Talk Hair

It would seem that the amount of heat in the kitchen serves as a deterrent for chefs to keep long hairstyles, but it proves to be not enough. In reality, many chefs sport long hair and beards.   But is sporting long hair and beards truly acceptable for chefs in...

Making The Art of Tasting Work For You

Making The Art of Tasting Work For You

Taste is the perception and experience of flavour. To a chef, this is the most critical sense concerning food appreciation.   Our taste buds or receptor cells bind with molecules from the consumed food or drink and send signals to our brain. How our brains...

Is The FIFO Chef Life For You?

Is The FIFO Chef Life For You?

FIFO (fly-in-fly-out) is a popular working arrangement in the mining, construction, and oil and gas industries. FIFO work is becoming a viable option to bring construction and mining employees to remote areas rich in natural resources.   Chefs are needed for such...