We all know the French brag about being the best chefs in the world, but who really was the first one to put meat to a flame? Who was the first to season food and mix herbs and spices to make the dish better? Who decided salad came before the entree?
And what about gravy?
Every region in the world has its own style and native ingredients. Cuisine has developed over centuries of trial and error. In my opinion some of the best food in the world is is from the Middle East. Because of the trade routes that crossed from Spain and China introducing spices and products never seen or experienced, the food has exceptionality like no other area. Someone there knew how to blend flavors and cooking techniques to make great food, but how did it all come to be?
But let’s get back to the original question.
Who do you think was the first to form a cooking vessel, put a fish or beef shank in and boil it with roots or leaves called “herbs”? Who do you think had the idea of frying an egg or making a loaf of bread? And who came up with the idea of desserts after the meal?
Why are salt and pepper the most common spices, and sitting on our tables?
Much like an epidemic has a patient zero, leave a comment on who you believe chef zero was. Was it an Aborigine on an island craving a Cioppino, a caveperson tired of eating raw meat and preferred a medium well dinosaur, or a medieval knight produced the first kabob slaying a dragon.
Heck, for all we know Adam and Eve got tired of eating fruits and vegetables, and Noah had the first all-you-can-eat buffet on his ark.