"Oui, Chef" exists as an extension of my efforts to teach my kids a few things about cooking, and how their food choices over time effect not only their own health, but that of our local food communities and our planet at large. By sharing some of our cooking experiences, I hope to inspire other families to start spending more time together in the kitchen, passing on established familial food traditions, and starting some new ones. My desire in the end is not just to enhance my young sous chefs’ culinary skills and their level of environmental awareness, but to broaden their palettes as well.
I think it would be wonderful to eventually cook our way around the globe, sampling the signature dishes of as many of the world’s food cultures as we can manage. That said, I am very excited about the prospect of visitors to this blog exchanging early childhood food memories and recipes that they may have first learned from their parents. I look forward to many of these contributors pushing me to cook beyond my own culinary heritage (Italian), and training (French), so that I too can learn more about world cuisines that I love, and have always found intriguing.
So....welcome to Oui, Chef. Please let me know what you think of the site, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Let me know what features you find interesting and useful, and don’t hesitate to suggest additions or modifications that you think would make the site better. And by all means, please share your early experiences at cooking and pass along recipes that are your culinary cultural touchstones.
Cheers - Steve