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Technique versus flavors, which should you learn first?

thimes | Dec 18, 201107:53 AM     38

I'm starting this thread because I was reading another thread about what to get a budding young 13 year old cooking enthusiast.

The majority felt getting him a knife and teaching him knife skills would be the better gift (yes, people were concerned about the danger but that isn't the point of this thread). I felt something like a panini press would be better so that he could experiment with flavors by throwing random stuff between bread and seeing what he thought about it.

But it made me think - which is more important to instill first in a young gourmand - appreciation and understanding of technique/skills or flavors?

In the end they are both important of course but which do you think should be taught first or is maybe more fundamental?

While I've already given away my position, maybe I'll chime in again later too :D

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