So You Think You Can’t Cook

in Substitutions
Published: September 9, 2010

When people tell me that they are afraid of cooking and especially baking, I always reassure them that anyone – I do mean anyone – can cook.

In fact, if you put your mind to it, you can learn to do everything a kitchen pro can.

Consider this: if you did the cooking task that you find most difficult every day the way the pros do, you would soon have it mastered.

That goes for all the basic skill sets: knife skills, measuring, multi-tasking at the stove ….

Put simply, practise, practise, practise and have fun along the way. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – learn from them, and then move on to the higher skill tasks.

I’ve worked in many kitchens, big and small, with some highly regarded chefs, and I can tell you that everyone makes errors, from the top, all the way down to the bottom.

The best of the best, including those TV chefs with the god-like status – even they’ll mess up now and again. We are all only human.

So what have you got to lose? Go for it – start simple and move up!