The Taste Buds of a Chef

Don’t you just love that you can ask your chef what ingredients are in a dish and they can tell you just by tasting it?

I love that when I mess up something that I’m cooking, he can taste it and fix it (most of the time. Sometimes there is just no hope and you have to start over.)

What’s even better is when you can describe how something tastes over the phone that is just not quite right, and they can tell you how to fix it without even tasting it.  That’s just crazy!

My chef/husband’s knowledge about food and his ability to taste individual ingredients in food just amaze me.  You would think that after 20 years I would be used to it, but sometimes he still surprises me.

His hyper-sensitive taste buds are definitely one of the perks of being married to or dating a chef!

The taste buds of a chefNow with this perk, come some “quirky” things as well.

I have been asked to only buy certain brands of specific food at the grocery store (Barilla pasta, Heinz ketchup, etc.)

He has asked me to not buy iodized salt because he can taste the iodine in it.  (Before I married him, I didn’t even know there was more than one kind of salt.)

A few days ago, he ate a Cadbury Mini Egg (milk chocolate).  These are my FAVORITE Easter candy and I won’t even tell you how many bags I have bought and eaten so far this year!  He hates these candy, but ate one anyways.

His comment after making a funny face . . . “There’s something in here that shouldn’t be in here.  What am I tasting?”  As he’s reading the ingredient list, there is one ingredient he is surprised by.  PGPS.  Of course I had no idea what it was.  Apparently it’s a cheaper way to make chocolate creamy without needing to use coco butter and he doesn’t like the taste of it.  What???

More candy for me!  Woohoo!

Sometimes he just makes me laugh!  I love him so much!

Does your chef surprise you with what he/she can taste in different foods they try?  I’d love to hear your story in the comments below.

From one chef wife to another,




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