I tell my wife that I am an untrained chef. Growing up we didn’t always have cable, Netflix and streaming technology was decades away.
The closest thing we had to a cell was a car phone that showed up in my late teens. I grew up watching the few major TV networks and PBS. My favorite show on PBS was Yan Can Cook. I loved all the cooking shows but his show was my favorite. I loved to eat Chinese food but we only had it once a year. After watching one of his episodes, I remember trying to make fried rice. I started with bacon, added cooked white rice, diced onions and crack an egg, mixing it all up. I toasted the rice mixture to a light brown color. and served it to my family. My family was gracious because they would eat it all and say it was good. My mom and siblings were my test subjects trying out my cooking experiments.
When I moved to Dallas in 2003 I thought I would give it a shot and go to cooking school. I heard of Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts and looked to see if there was a school in Dallas, TX but that was a no. Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts did not exist in Dallas, TX until 2007. By the time the school was established here, I was starting my career in corporate America. I put those dreams aside and just cook for the pleasure of it, mostly for my family. I later found out that this school was associated with Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, which that was established in 1895. Julia Child, a famed chef, who brought French cooking to America, attended the Paris Le Cordon Bleu school in 1950. She also had her cooking show featured on PBS. Sadly to say Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts in the US closed their doors in 2017.
Nowadays, we have perfected meals at home that will not make us sick or fat. These are meals we hate to pay for when we go out to eat. No one can beat us on steak, omelets, salads, and several chicken dishes. My wifey makes excellent Italian dishes with lentil pasta and eggplant.
So If you are cooking at home and you are using high-quality ingredients, and your meals come out to perfection, you should consider yourself an untrained chef. And if you don’t cook, you should try it. Those hungry around you will appreciate the love you put in cooking that meal for them.