Friday, 26 May 2017

50 Signs That You're a Good Cook Revealed

Written by Katrina Schollenberger
Call yourself a good cook? ... Then you'll be able to identify common herbs, have the confidence to add a 'twist' to classic dishes - and create the perfect cake, a study has found.

A poll of 2,000 people revealed the top 50 indicators of culinary expertise, including always trying a new dish when eating out, and owning top quality cookware. Confident cooks also know the correct wine to pair with meats and fish, know which foods go well together and are happy preparing meals in front of guests.

Rustling up a roast for mum, rather than relying on her for sumptuous Sunday dinners also proves you can stand the heat in the kitchen.It also emerged two in three Brits have been labelled a 'good cook', with 54 per cent happy to try attempt an extravagant new dish when friends are coming over.

A spokesman for Circulon, which conducted the research said: "It has been very insightful to discover what makes the average consumer tick, and what categorises them as a 'good cook'. Proficient home cooks tend to be those who are confident about preparing food in front of others, and who are knowledgeable about their food, cookware and kitchen equipment.

"It's been fascinating to uncover just how many people class themselves as relatively good at cooking – the rise of cookery programmes and the increased popularity of sharing food on social media has influenced Britain's love of food and desire to cook."

Being able to prepare food properly without a timer and knowing what all the settings on the oven do are also key indicators of a good cook. Chopping an onion in seconds, cooking steaks perfectly using the thumb technique and the ability to whip something up from scratch also sets confident chefs from the rest of us.

Other factors in the top 50 signs of a good cook include being willing to experiment with foods, being able to prepare a nice meal when there's nothing in the cupboard - and have the ability to laugh when things go pear-shaped.

Researchers found just five per cent of respondents class themselves as an excellent cook, while 43 per cent say they're good. The average person cooks around 11 dishes on rotation. While two thirds of those polled are confident about throwing together random ingredients from their cupboard to make something delicious and 55 per cent say they are confident knowing which herbs should be used.

The spokesman for Circulon continues: "Carrying out this research has enabled us to fully appreciate our customers' needs in the kitchen, whilst recognising their ability, confidence and approach to home cooking. Our findings have informed and influenced key elements in the development of future cookware ranges, with customer buying habits and usability in mind."

1. Can rustle up anything from scratch

2. Loving to eat as well as cook

3. Willing to experiment and try all foods and ingredients when cooking at home

4. Being happy to prepare food in front of guests

5. Always being able to whip something up when there's virtually nothing in the cupboard

6. When making a roast dinner everything finishes cooking at the same time

7. Can identify certain herbs from appearance

8. Can throw things together knowing that the different combinations (of various foods, herbs, spices) will go together and taste fab

9. Experiments with dishes by adding a twist on classics

10. Experimenting with recipes more than once a week

11. Being able to laugh if things go wrong in the kitchen

12. Can identify herbs and spices by the taste

13. Knowing what herbs go in each dishes

14. Can chop things really finely, safely

15. Always have eggs and milk in the fridge

16. Home-makes all condiments and sauces

17. Owning a spice rack

18. Always the one people go to for cooking tips

19. Knows what every utensil in the kitchen does

20. Have a very well stocked pantry with all kinds of ingredients, i.e.: masala leaves, curry powder, mustard seeds, different types of oils: olive, avocado, roasted sesame seed, peanut, truffle, canola

21. Doesn't need Oxo to make gravy

22. Will offer for extra people to stay to dinner at a moment's notice

23. Rarely eat takeaways

24. Knows exactly how long to cook a perfectly poached egg

25. Knows how to peel fruit and veggies most efficiently

26. Knowing and practicing cooking terms like: 'Al dente', broil, blanch, clarify, deglaze, flambé, gratin, etc.

27. Always wanting to try a new dish when eating out

28. Being able to guess what is in a dish just from the taste

29. Never needing to use a cookbook

30. Always the designated cook for large family gatherings

31. Know when a cake is done without having to stick a cocktail stick in it a hundred times

32. Knowing measurements without having to actually measure

33. Owns good quality cook-ware

34. Writes a detailed list for the food shop

35. Knowing which wine to pair with certain meat or fish

36. Owning a full set of herbs/spices

37. Enjoying a messy kitchen

38. Don't need a timer

39. Understanding what all the symbols on the oven mean

40. Can chop an onion in seconds

41. Being able to cook steaks perfectly using the thumb technique

42. Can always add in just the right

43. Knowing what 'Bain Marie' is and having the perfect pans for it

44. Knowing the correct pronunciation of unusual or exotic foods

45. Knowing which wine to drink with meat

46. Can flip a pancake perfectly

47. Knows how to prepare celeriac

48. Mum goes round for Sunday dinner rather than the other way round

49. Always read food magazines

50. Owns set of fancy knives

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