5 steps to develop creative cooking in the kitchen

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5 steps to develop creative cooking in the kitchen

Getting into the art of cooking is relatively easy, and even more, if you learn it from home. But, putting into practice the creativity and effort that this profession requires is not an easy job. This is how Juliana, a young cooking student, discovered that since she was little she loved to be with her mother while preparing dinner.

As a single mother, Juliana’s mother always stressed the importance of taking care of herself and eating healthy to avoid all kinds of physical and emotional illnesses, since many people believed that good thoughts start with a good diet. When Juliana began her studies as a chef, she was very excited and wanted to put into practice everything her mother had taught her, but unfortunately, when she faced the real world and started working in a restaurant to pay for her studies, she realized that the profession is not as simple as she thought.

By learning about creative cuisine, she discovered a world of possibilities to begin experimenting with her knowledge and skills. According to some experts, creative cuisine began with Leonardo da Vinci who also explored and expressed his creativity in the culinary world. Others indicate that it began in the French Revolution when thousands of cooks were unemployed and started as professional chefs, creating their independent restaurants.

Juliana was inspired and wanted to keep her faith intact while experiencing a new phase of her life in the kitchen. When she met chef Alejandro at work, she realized that the art of cooking required a lot of effort, sacrifice and above all, dedication. When he gave her the induction and was able to know everything about his experience, she continued to believe that she could be creative and innovate to delight many people with unique and unforgettable culinary experiences.

What must be taken into account to create a new recipe?

To create a unique dish, it’s necessary to know the fusion of trends, take risks and know how to capture an innovative style, so that you can surprise people. Therefore, when starting with a new recipe, you should combine flavours, colours, aromas, shapes and textures to activate all the senses. So, if you follow these steps, you will be able to make a difference and innovate with the best recipes, as Juliana did, to practice all the recommendations that her mentor taught her to become the chef she dreamed of.

  1. Be indigenous: Be clear about your ideology and the essence that you want to represent in your recipes and the dishes you want to offer.
  2. Incorporate new flavours: A fundamental basis of creative cuisine is the research of new flavours for those looking for new styles. It’s necessary to know each ingredient and the technique of how to cook them.
  3. Capture a unique style: Combining techniques and developing your own, makes the difference to innovate and offer unique dishes. It’s recommended to take into account the type of gastronomy offered in the restaurant, the coherence with the team that works and the diners.
  4. Tell a story through the starter, main course and dessert: To make a menu or a unique culinary style known, it is necessary to maintain the techniques, the creative capacity of the chef and the products, to reflect a new experience in each dish that is offered.
  5. Present innovatively and uniquely: The presentation of the dish is essential when being creative in the kitchen since it is the way to represent yourself as a chef or restaurant to surprise diners from the beginning and make them live a unique experience.
Techniques of the creative pioneer Ferrán Adrià

The techniques in the kitchen are endless, some creative chefs and restaurants create their ways of working and propose a unique style, depending on the gastronomy that they are going to offer to emphasise a differential in the profession or highlight with innovation and quality. That’s what Ferrán Adrià, a Spanish chef and pioneer of creative cuisine. Adriá is the creator of one of the most famous and prestigious restaurants in the world, El Bulli, based entirely on creative cuisine.

This chef is the effective proof that creativity in the kitchen is worth it. He says that for his restaurant, he spent a semester working and another six months researching. Being one of the pioneers in creative cuisine, he became known for his great contributions to gastronomy such as innovation and technology, to create ‘’ molecular gastronomy ’’ which applies science to the gastronomic and culinary world.

To carry out his innovation, he highlights that it is important to constantly create new techniques, and being creative when cooking and presenting recipes. He thinks that the presentation of the dishes is as fundamental as the food itself, it’s the ‘’ scenography ’’ where he represents each of his works. In conclusion, it reminds us that “Cooking is a special language, through which harmony, creativity, happiness, beauty, poetry, complexity, magic, humour, provocation and culture can be expressed” (Ferrán Adriá in Madrid Fusión 2006).

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