Archive for August, 2011

August 30, 2011

Tasting as a way of life

I have worked in the food industry for a long time. Right before I started my studies at CIA, I was very concerned that I’d put on a lot of weight. It was at that point that a friend gave me some advice that’s stuck with me ever since: “Taste Everything, Eat Nothing”. Basically, when you prepare a recipe or are introduced to a new food, taste it then move on. That means, a tablespoon, not a full serving.

It’s not always easy. When you do a chocolate dessert sampling, the temptation to keep going back for more can be very strong. I do try to do things to help avoid this.
– Always do your tastings right after you’ve eaten a meal. If you’re full, you’ll want to eat less.
– Don’t skip meals because you have a tasting.
– When at a food show, don’t eat anything you’ve had before. Do you really need to taste Jalapeno Poppers? Never had one before?
– Save your calories for things you need to try.
Think about how much better you’ll feel if you don’t fill up on too much food.

Do I always follow my own advice? Of course not. The chocolate raspberry tart I just worked on tasted as good at the end of the slice as it did on the first bite. That said, I do try to be “good” — I know the pay off is much better in the long run.

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