I was watching one of my favorite food competition shows and I began to notice something special about this particular episode. One contestant was a vegan. I thought it was great for her to get out there and cook her pants off with the rest of them. After all, food has no beliefs, and thus, good food is simply..... good food. My surprise came when after every segment, she felt the need to proclaim how she would win, even though she was a vegan. She ended up winning the competition and, I suppose, counted it a small victory for vegans everywhere.
Let me say I am a lover of all foods. As long as the taste and texture is there, I will be pleased. But let me say this to you who specialize. I want my food without an agenda. You know why you cook it and that should be enough. As a food critic, I will never turn away good food, but I will always be honest about it.
This is not the only instance I have seen so let me not just pick on the vegans. I have seen many others on this manner. I in no way after seeing this episode, wanted to run out and get some vegan cuisine. What I am saying is if you have great food and win a competition, take that as a personal victory. If you cook for someone in your certain style and they love it, take the compliment for yourself. Chances are it was not your style that won them over, but your execution and presentation.
I want you to know I respect all cooking styles and beliefs and I partake of each of them frequently. But as cooks, we give too much credit to the style and the ones who have come before us and not enough credit for ourselves. If you cooked something delicious, let that be you, and not your style. In short….. let your food do the talking!