Is your larder ready for a chef's visit?
Do you have enough ingredients in your larder should a really great chef drop by and offer to prepare for you a great dinner.
Your larder need not have hundreds of ingredients. Just those that when used by an expert will result in a memorable dinner.
What are some larder 'must-haves'?
Protein for stock and sauces
What am I missing?
Yes mine is (wine, multiple animal fats, multiple animal stocks, confit, various proteins, vegetables etc) but any good chef should be able to prepare something from basic pantry staples.
I would expect them to clarify their own butter! But don't forget heavy cream and kosher salt, real staples in commercial kitchens.
Probably not. But what I consider necessary would be fresh vegetables, butter, EV olive oil, canned tomatoes, beans (usually cook from dry and freeze), chicken, steak, pasta, stock (preferably homemade but good canned is okay), lemon, and something briny like capers or kalamata olives. I have all of these right now, so maybe a good chef could come in and make something.
For me it would totally depend on what day of the week the chef dropped by. As a single person - I have a pretty rigid routine of buying what I need for the week on Friday, cooking over the weekend for all my meals, and then just reheating during the week.
So if this chef shows up on Saturday, aside from clarified butter (can't eat dairy) - I'd be fine. If this chef shows up on Wednesday, things would be far more limited to condiments and pantry items. And leftovers.
At first glance I thought this was going to be about Ramsey coming over, throwing stuff around, and screaming things like disgusting and wot is that.