A Pair Of Gourmands

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Chef Martin’s Tip 6 - by The Chef in Stead

Put in good ingredients and good meals will come out!

I am a firm believer that if you buy according to the market, you will be more creative. Let yourself be motivated by freshness. I usually create meals based on what is fresh at the market, and usually end up with tasty meals.

With fish and seafood for example, I make a point to talk to my fishmonger every time I can, so they let me know when I walk in their store about new arrivals and what should be tasted this week.

Vegetables are the perfect example - go to the produce section and choose on the spot what you should buy. You can see the colour, you can touch it, you can smell it and yes, you can see the prices.

“No matter what happens in the kitchen, never apologize.”
(Julia Child, 1912-2004)

The Chef in Stead - Website For Previous Chef Tips For comments or questions, you can reach Martin at 250-712-4440 or Email.

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About the Author

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, which means she is someone passionate about people having a good time. 

Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, service programs, and special event coordination.

Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column. She and her husband Martin Laprise (also known as Chef Martin, of The Chef Instead) love to share their passion for food and entertaining.  

Kristin says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that 'sense of place' from where the food has come . . . the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had."


E-mail Kristin at:  [email protected]

Check out her website here:  www.wowservicementor.com


The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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