I’m sure you have heard someone from time to time say “ I can’t even boil water”. Well, I’m a firm believer that those people are full of crap! I wrote about this very subject in my book Michael Fucci’s Delicious Attitude. I promise you this, I could get a monkey from deep in the rain forests, bring it to my kitchen and a year later he/she would be a line cook! Its not that the monkey is somehow smarter than a “horrible cook”, it’s that the monkey will pay attention!
Take the time to read a recipe fully so that you completely understand it before you start. Give yourself time to prep all the ingredients to be better prepared. When you follow a recipe and it says “while such and such is cooking, you can prepare” Don’t. Prepare everything in advance so cooking becomes less stressful. Most important! Stay off your phone! Starting conversations on your phone is the biggest distraction I can think of. So, stay focused, you can do it!
If you are looking for perfection in the kitchen, be it cooking or baking, forget it. It is great to want your food to be perfect. But, be realistic. It has taken me 29 years to be where I am in my profession and I’m still not perfect. To take that even further no chef produces perfect food either. A industry saying is “your food is on point”. We never say perfect. Its a goal that is unattainable, but it gives chefs and home cooks something to strive for, giving you something to chase.
I will wrap up with these words. Focus on what you’re doing. Have confidence in yourself and what you put on the plate. If you can believe in yourself and see it before you do it, you can’t go wrong! Worst case scenario, you burn the food and have to start over. Practice, be patient and remember you can’t finish if you never get started!