Today’s tip comes from a chef and tv host and producer who has been awarded with The James Beard Foundation Award twice: Andrew Zimmern… In an interview he had with Tim Ferriss (author of The 4-Hour Chef : The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life), Andrew shared a recommendation that reminded me of my suggestion yesterday to Be A Host, Not A Caterer, and in fact is a good life motto, even if you don’t travel extensively.
In his interview (listen to the whole thing here), Andrew Zimmern recommends,
Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you.
As you go through life (and/or the world), you will grow and be rewarded so much more if you are open to new experiences, not just ones for your own entertainment but rather with an appetite to learn more and engage more in ways that take you outside of your comfort level. My own experience of this was during a trip to East Asia, when we spent time shopping and “being a tourist” in Hong Kong and then transitioning to visiting family staying in Nepal, and the difference between the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong, and an family home in Katmandu is immensely different. For the first two or three days I was absolutely miserable. I couldn’t sleep, the food was incredibly spicy, and the fear of catching a disease or eating a parasite was paralyzing! At that point I had a change of perspective… Instead of this being a vacation where I was here to be entertained and be comfortable, I decided to approach the entire experience as an adventure… Specifically a Indiana-Jones-type-the-goal-is-survival-adventure. And my stress level went down, and experiences I would have tried to avoid I stayed open and jumped in, and grew in an amazing way. In looking back at all of my travels, that trip alone has been the most unique and influential in my life.
Taking that attitude into your kitchen, view your relationship with food and cooking as an adventure, it will make it all so much more fun and rewarding. Even the failures are a part of the journey!