Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Today is...National Personal Chef Day
Today is National Personal Chef Day. What are you hungry for?
The word "chef" is from the term "chef de cuisine" meaning director or head of a kitchen. The French word comes from the Latin caput, which is chief in English.
A personal chef is a chef who is hired by different clients and prepares meals in the clients' home kitchen.
This is different than a private chef, which refers to a chef who is employed exclusively by one client.
The idea of a "chef" in England came about with Haute cuisine, in the 19th century. Haute cuisine refers to gourmet restaurants and meticulously prepared and presented food.
The first cookbook to go beyond medieval recipes and the first to present haute cuisine was written by Lancelot de Casteau.
Medieval cuisine was relatively unchanged from the 5th to the 16th century, focusing on the staple of cereal.
Food Network was founded on April 19, 1993 and launched on November 23, 1993. Emeril Lagasse was one of the original line-up, with Mario Batali and Bobby Flay joining the network in 1995.