Cooking is a labor of love. It’s where you use ingredients and seasonings to truly create something beautiful that can be shared and enjoyed with others. At Swamy's Kitchen, it's the best way we know how to show love to those that matter most. Today, we wanted to share 7 beautiful quotes to inspire you to cultivate your inner chef.
All recipes give you a guideline on how to make a dish, but the true soul in cooking comes about when you put your own character into it. It’s when you put a little extra pepper into the dish, a dash of tomato, or perhaps a squeeze of lemon to brighten it up. Whatever you do, make it unique to you. That is where true culinary artistry is born.
To become good at anything means commitment, consistency, and sometimes failure while perfecting the craft at hand. The more you cook, the better you will get. At Swamy’s Kitchen, we can’t tell you how many mistakes we’ve made, but we know that through every blunder, we become that much better. You can apply this philosophy to many facets of life, but the kitchen has been an excellent experiment in seeing how failure just means one step closer to triumph.
“I tell students that the most important class you can take is technique. A great chef is first a great technician. If you are a jeweler, or a surgeon or a cook, you have to know the trade-in your hand. You have to learn the process. You learn it through endless repetition until it belongs to you.“
- Jacques Pepín
At the end of the day, to be a great cook practice is the key ingredient. For us, cooking the perfect omelet meant messing up at least 50 times, literally. When we finally got the hang of it, there was gratification and pride. The process of endless repetition breeds success.
“I've been a cook all my life, but I am still learning to be a good chef. I'm always learning new techniques and improving beyond my own knowledge because there is always something new to learn and new horizons to discover."
- Jose Andrés
Keeping yourself humble and hungry for knowledge is a key ingredient to staying youthful in life. Whether it’s cooking or some other trade, we will never be perfect. Perfection is a goal that should never be fully realized because growth happens in the consistent and unwavering determination to become better than the day before.
“You have to be confident in who you are and what you're doing. Of course, you try to evolve. I would never tell you, 'Today is the best I will ever be.' I'm always trying to be a better chef, a better dad, a better person.”
- Guy Fieri
In the Japanese culture, the term "kaizen" means continuous improvement, and in a nutshell, we believe that’s what Guy Fieri was trying to evoke. Every day, we wake up to the world with a new opportunity to become better. At Swamy’s Kitchen, our goal is to provide value to our community by sharing. How do you hope to better yourself?
The older you become and the more proactive you are towards the path of self-awareness, the more you realize how precious time is. It’s difficult to cut out people in our lives, but if they keep bringing you down, it's time to love them from a distance. You hold your life's recipe in the palm of your hands and the power to make something delicious.
Mistakes are a part of life. Like us, you will make many more and that’s perfectly ok. The setbacks we experienced in the kitchen have only made our dishes taste better. The next time you fail, simply re-group and re-access the situation and in your heart, truly understand that trying again is only going to bring you that much closer to a delicious meal.
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