Learning to Write an Original Recipe

Learning to Write an Original Recipe
From blog.ice.edu, by Institute of Culinary Education

 

By Chef Jenny McCoy—Instructor, School of Pastry & Baking Arts

 

The two questions I hear most often are:

 

1) What is your favorite dessert? In some ways, this is like asking a mom, “Who is your favorite child?” I do my best not to be rude, but really, I want to shout, “I love them all, duh! That’s why I’m a pastry chef!”

 

2) Do you create your own recipes? This answer is a hard one. Yes, and no. Let me explain.

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In my experience, gaining the skill—and comfort level—to write an original recipe takes time and practice—a lot of time and practice. So what’s the point? You could simply use recipes already written by other chefs, right? But then again, what if those recipes aren’t quite perfect? What if there were ways you could build on ideas in other recipes to create something even better?

 

In this blog post, I detail the route I took to pursue perfection in my own original recipes. For those of you who are aspiring chefs, I hope my experience can give you a sense of direction. I really enjoyed my journey and feel my experiences served me very well.