It’s been awhile since I have been to a tasting dinner for a potential new restaurant. I remember back in the days when I was working in the restaurant industry, tasting was part of my job and it was just wonderful. You get to experience what is going on in a chef’s mind. All their creativity, cooking and artistic talents are presented to you on plates and plates of mouth-watering food. There is always something new to learn in every tasting.
I was lucky enough to have had the chance to attend The Naked Finn’s Hong Kong pop-up tasting dinner in the beginning of May. There is cooking and there is passionate cooking. And the team behind The Naked Finn is definitely the passionate type. It was one of the most amazing dinners that I have had in a long while.
A 16-course seafood tasting dinner
Cooking should be a creative and fun experience. Once you have the basics down, don’t be afraid to experiment and come up with your own flavours. Just like other things, many dishes have been tried and done before. What makes them unique and original is how you interpret the dishes when you cook them. Of course there is nothing wrong with following recipes, but I think you’d find more joy in cooking if you add an extra pinch of something and the dish turns out BETTER than the recipe.
I was telling a friend of mine about the various projects that I plan on doing this year (they will probably take more than a year, but I am planning to at least start them this year). I feel like I don’t know enough to start anything. I have carved out time everyday to read up on things that I believe are relevant to my projects but I have yet to really carve out time for creating the projects. I blame my job for getting in the way for letting me set aside some ‘creative time’ to get some work done. At the end of the conversation, she told me that a writer friend of hers once said to her:
“It is very difficult to be a consumer and a creator at the same time. At some point, you have to choose.” ~ David Storrar, Writer.
I couldn’t get this line out of my head and it definitely got me thinking and wondering. I hope Mr. Storrar doesn’t mind me quoting him here but what he said rings true. Most people choose to consume instead of create because it is the easier thing to do. We read, we absorb, we have thought-provoking conversations with our friends and mentors so that we have a treasure chest filled with ideas, hoping that one day, we can fill it up enough to have a go at creating something. The thing is, there is always more to learn, with a never-ending source of good content out there! So we keep on telling ourselves that we still haven’t researched enough and therefore we go back to consuming. Ideas are useless if you don’t connect them together to create something that you can call it yours. At some point, you must be willing to do the things others won’t in order to have things others don’t.