That’s right. Let’s not lose sight of that. We–all of us–need to remind ourselves once in a while. Myself included. It’s when we start taking ourselves too seriously that we start to head in to trouble.
Same goes for drink
It’s just drink. Sure, like a lot of people, I love good drink. I like being able to talk about the differences of a left-bank vs. a right-bank Bordeaux. I love a nice aged bourbon. A single malt scotch. BUT. It’s still just drink.
We aren’t reinventing the wheel here. Although, plenty of chefs, bartenders and sommeliers like to pretend they are.
I understand it
I mean, it’s hard not to have some ego invested in this whole thing. As with anything, if you are passionate about what you are doing, it can be easy to cross that line in to pretense.
However, we must be careful. Walk that fine line. Care about what you are doing, put your whole soul in to the creation of it, but that is when we have to let go of the rest. It is not up to us to decide whether or not we did it right. That is for others to decide.
You live in the Northwest. You have some of the greatest food the world has to offer at your fingertips. You get your paws on some lovely fresh, line-caught, wild Chinook salmon. You come up with a great preparation for it, send it out to your guest, and they ask for a bottle of ketchup.
Now, that is what I call an example. Let’s see now, who is paying for that salmon? That’s right, and they get to do whatever the hell they want to it, whatever it takes for them to get it down their gullet.
This is just a reminder to not take yourself or your craft too seriously. Food and drink are some of the great pleasures in this life. So go ahead and put everything you’ve got in to it.
And then let it go.