This blog, its an opportunity to share some of the knowledge and experience that so many others have shared with me throughout the years.
— Luke Hayes
Like anyone who ever learned to cook, I started out from scratch. It wasn't glamourous and barley edible, but, my Grandmother had faith in me despite the smoke filled kitchen. However bad, it taught me the importance of discipline, repetition and treating even the smallest details with the greatest care. Those lessons became the grounding principles of my work. They still are today.
As I grew older, and I improved as a cook, I was also guided by many invaluable mentors. One way for me to give back is to try to serve as a mentor for not only our staff but our customers too.
Cooking, after all, is about sharing. Anytime we prepare food, we aren't just making a meal. We're nurturing each other and making memories that are best enjoyed with others - just ask my amazing wife who has allowed me to host countless dinner parties and game nights with close friends and family, often at very little notice.
Cooking is not difficult. Everyone has taste, even if they don’t realize it. Even if you’re not a great chef, there’s nothing to stop you understanding the difference between what tastes good and what doesn’t.
— Gerard Depardieu
The social aspect aside, cooking for me is deeply personal, too. We put something of ourselves into everything we make. As you begin to explore the world of international cuisine and cooking, that is something I implore you to keep in mind as you embrace the learning process and enjoy the experience.
Above all, have some fun as we cook and explore the very nature of food together.