I feel like I’ve been talking a lot lately about things that I struggle with, being married to a chef. So in case I’m coming across as a complainer, let’s talk today about some of the positives of being married to a chef. There are a lot of them, but here are my favorites!
I LOVE that my chef/husband can make something out of “nothing.” I look in the refrigerator and see that we have nothing to eat and think we need to go to the grocery store. My chef looks in the same refrigerator and manages to create a yummy dinner for our family of 5. I have no idea how he does it, and really wish I could.
I LOVE that he can just look at a recipe and tell if it’s going to turn out. This comes in very handy when I’m looking at a recipe I found on Pinterest. So many recipes online don’t turn out (it’s like the writers never even tried it after they wrote it????). It’s nice to be able to run one past him before he goes to work and get some feedback on it before I try it. (And often he tells me he has a recipe for that (big surprise) and pulls it up on the computer for me. I then of course have to convert it so I don’t have 5,000 cookies . . .)
I LOVE that whatever he cooks turns out perfect the first time. This amazes me!
I LOVE that he can taste something and tell me exactly what’s in it. This is great for when we try something at a restaurant and I want to have it again at home. He can recreate it! Woohoo!!
I LOVE that I can ask him anything about food and he knows the answer. He’s like a walking food encyclopedia. Seriously. It’s pretty awesome. I wonder what people think about our family as we are walking through the produce section of an Asian market, asking him questions.
I LOVE that he is artistic and creative. Somehow he manages to plate food beautifully, even if it’s just cheese and crackers. He has such a good eye for how things should look. Not only does this come in handy as a chef, but it helps at home with decorating. (I stink at decorating. Anything that looks nice in our home is because he picked it out or decided where to put it.)
I LOVE how hard he works to provide for our family. His work ethic amazes me. He is honest and calmly says what he thinks.. He will do whatever he needs to for his crew, fellow employees or the restaurant. If the dishwasher has a family emergency, he’ll step in and wash dishes for a few hours. Whatever needs to be done, he’ll do it.
I LOVE to hear how he trains and mentors those around him. Hearing how he comes alongside people to develop them instead of intimidating them or tearing them down . . . I love that about him. (I also love to see how he does this at home with our girls.)
So those are just a few of the things I love about being married to a chef. Feel free to share below in the comments about what you love about your chef!
From one chef’s wife to another,