AMI's Most Memorable
Each issue, AMI's team will be sharing some of their best food moments with our readers.
As a chef, you're often asked "what's your favorite thing to cook?" When I was asked to share my favorite food memory, I didn't know how I would narrow it down. Could it be the annual two-day Christmas cookie baking marathon with my mother and Godmother when I was growing up? Or steamed clams back home in Maine? In more recent years, it could be memories of a crostini with the first drips of olive oil coming off the press after harvesting that morning or dinner at my favorite local Indian restaurant in London.
One of the hazards of being a chef is that people tend not to cook for you. Thankfully, my friends and family aren't scared! At a recent milestone birthday, a group of some of the dearest people in my life gathered. They were each asked in advance by the hostess to share a favorite food memory that they had with me. The menu was then created based on these memories and highlighting each one. As a course was served, the people it related to shared their story. It was truly one of the most thoughtful gifts I have ever received, one of the best meals I've had and now this dinner of food memories, is one of my favorite food memories.
It strikes me as we all travel and dine in interesting and perhaps fabulous places that where we would most often prefer to be is seated at our home dinner table, surrounded by family and friends. How long has it been since you've had a dinner party? Maybe it's time.