Posted 13 June 2002 - 03:38 AM
Have you experienced any sensory loss due to smoking? Why do you think so many chefs are smokers?
In your voiceover you compared the Japanese reverance for their ingredients, versus the American disdain. Don't you think smoking a cigarette fractions of an inch from the top of the best piece of a fish indicates a lack of respect for that ingredient?
Posted 13 June 2002 - 01:40 PM
Most chefs I know smoke. Including a hell of a lot of famous ones. They just don't do it on camera. And yes. It does affect the palate. A lot of us underseason--erring on the side of safety with customers as we ourselves love a lot of salt and crunchy black pepper and are afraid of blowing the patrons out.