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Cooking or Eating Out: What is more important in making who you into a food expert?

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Cooking or Eating Out: What is more important in making who you into a food expert?

Chemicalkinetics | Jan 20, 2013 02:55 PM

Based on another thread, half of the responders eat two or less meals a week from restaurants, and 2/3rd eat five meals or less. This is actually lower than I would have guessed. :)

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8864...

My following question is: "What do you think is the most important aspect in making you a good foodie, gourmet, food epicurean, food expert or whatever you may call yourself? The ability and experience to cook gourmet meals? The opportunity to taste and appreciate vastly different cooking styles from restaurants?"

What do think is the more important in shaping your food adventure?

A) Almost all about cooking and food preparation (>90%).
B) Largely about learning to cook, but eating out is important too.
C) About 50:50.
D) Largely about eating out, but learning to cook is important as well.
E) Almost all about eating out (>90%).

For myself, the answer is (B).
The act of making the foods makes me understand the foods beyond what tasting alone can ever bring. For example, I have had numerous cookies since I was young, but it wasn't until I started to learn to make these items that I finally appreciate all the details. The act of cooking enhanced my ability to detect these foods in finer details which I won't have otherwise. There are differences between a person who has played football versus a person who has solely watched many games. On the other hand, the mere act of cooking can be limiting. First, learning to perfect a food item is time consuming. I cannot possibly learn to cook even 1% of the world dishes in my lifetime, so eating out can increase my food exposure. Second, eating out provides me realistic meters/comparisons which cooking alone cannot.

Thank you for your input.

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