Are you that person that can rustle up a delicious meal even when there’s nothing in the cupboard?
And does your mum come to yours for Sunday dinner, rather than the other way around? A new survey has identified these and dozens of other signs that highlight what it means to be labelled a ‘good cook’.
So, how do you know you are a good cook? It’s less about Michelin stars and gourmet cooking, and more about the confidence and willingness to embrace different foods and styles in the kitchen.
The study showed that a good cook has the ability to identify common herbs, make a classic dish their own with a ‘twist’ and even bake the perfect cake. Knowing your wines and meats and how to pair up the right foods is also a plus.
Confident cooks don’t shy away from an opportunity to cook in front of guests, with 54% of Brits happy to attempt a new dish for friends and family, while having the ability to laugh when things go pear-shaped.
A spokesman for Circulon commented on the research’s findings.
“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.”
The list also includes required talents like chopping onions in seconds, cooking the perfect steak or whipping up a last-minute dish from scratch.
Top chefs often rely on instinct and don’t bother measuring, throwing together random ingredients but still coming up with something delicious. More often than not, their pantries will be filled with ingredients that may seem obscure to an amateur cook.
So, are you a good cook? See how many of the top 50 signs you can tick!
TOP 50 SIGNS OF A GOOD COOK
- Can rustle up anything from scratch
- Loving to eat as well as cook
- Willing to experiment and try all foods and ingredients when cooking at home
- Being happy to prepare food in front of guests
- Always being able to whip something up when there’s virtually nothing in the cupboard
- When making a roast dinner everything finishes cooking at the same time
- Can identify certain herbs from appearance
- Can throw things together knowing that the different combinations (of various foods, herbs, spices) will go together and taste fab
- Experiments with dishes by adding a twist on classics
- Experimenting with recipes more than once a week
- Being able to laugh if things go wrong in the kitchen
- Can identify herbs and spices by the taste
- Knowing what herbs go in each dish
- Can chop things really finely, safely
- Always have eggs and milk in the fridge
- Home-makes all condiments and sauces
- Owning a spice rack
- Always the one people go to for cooking tips
- Knows what every utensil in the kitchen does
- 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
- Doesn’t need Oxo to make gravy
- Will offer for extra people to stay to dinner at a moment’s notice
- Rarely eat takeaways
- Knows exactly how long to cook a perfectly poached egg
- Knows how to peel fruit and veggies most efficiently
- Knowing and practicing cooking terms like: ‘Al dente’, broil, blanch, clarify, deglaze, flambé, gratin, etc.
- Always wanting to try a new dish when eating out
- Being able to guess what is in a dish just from the taste
- Never needing to use a cookbook
- Always the designated cook for large family gatherings
- Know when a cake is done without having to stick a cocktail stick in it a hundred times
- Knowing measurements without having to actually measure
- Owns good quality cook-ware
- Writes a detailed list for the food shop
- Knowing which wine to pair with certain meat or fish
- Owning a full set of herbs/spices
- Enjoying a messy kitchen
- Don’t need a timer
- Understanding what all the symbols on the oven mean
- Can chop an onion in seconds
- Being able to cook steaks perfectly using the thumb technique
- Can always add in just the right
- Knowing what ‘Bain Marie’ is and having the perfect pans for it
- Knowing the correct pronunciation of unusual or exotic foods
- Knowing which wine to drink with meat
- Can flip a pancake perfectly
- Knows how to prepare celeriac
- Mum goes around for Sunday dinner rather than the other way round
- Always read food magazines
- Owns set of fancy knives