FOOD + has always had importance in my life since I was a child. I remember being 6 years old, waking up at 6 or 7 a.m. to make my parents breakfast on Saturday mornings.
Most of my training has been in classical french cooking, fathered by August Escoffier. We must also credit Fernand Point, the father of modern day french cuisine. You may say to yourself: “What is French cuisine, I’ve never had that before.” This claim is probably true for most people outside of France, but the fact still remains that French cuisine and French cooking techniques have influenced many modern day delicacies in different parts of the world.
How did these techniques spread to other cultures? IMPERIALISM! I know…that’s definitely not the best way for something positive to come about, but it’s part of history so we can’t ignore it. This is the reason why you find French bread in Vietnamese sandwiches and beignets in New Orleans. Of course there have been other European cultures that influenced food in different parts of the world, for example cows and other livestock brought to Mexico and the Phillipines by the Spanish. No matter which way you dice it, French food still reigns supreme in my opinion.
The reason I love French food so much is its refined quality. It takes alot of time, skill and patience to do what the French have done for centuries. This makes me proud to possess these skills and happy to teach those willing to learn.