Generosity of cooking

Photo by  Aaron Thomas  on  Unsplash

Photo by Aaron Thomas on Unsplash

I really love to cook. One of my key motivations is the desire to please. A meal, after all, is a gift to others. 

To invite a person to dine with us is to take charge of his happiness for as long as he is under our roof.
— Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

When I cook I want to share my culinary passion with my guests. I want to create pleasure. 

Ingredients evoke memories and afford new experiences making a meal an invitation to revisit familiar places or discover new ones. It's ephemeral and sharing our reactions to aromas, textures and tastes often communicates a memory imbued with as much emotion as a sense of flavour. If I can activate all the senses with food, drinks, company and ambiance, and send my guests home with a shared memorable experience then I'm so happy.

Cooking demands a delicacy and tender care, hard work, imagination and rigorous execution. Devoting energy to a dish that's enjoyed and appreciated provides me with more a feeling of contentment than gratification. It's wonderful. 

Quite simply, to cook for others is a generous and fulfilling impulse; nothing short of a sign of love.