Creating great-tasting cuisine requires chefs to master the art of developing flavor. This is done by combining complementary elements in balanced proportions. Flavor is experienced through all the senses when we eat, but particularly through the taste, aroma and texture of food. Everyone's ability to distinguish taste is different, and some people are more sensitive than others.
While some chefs may have a natural knack for analyzing a dish, most must train their palates to recognize the characteristics of the ingredients and learn how to combine them in order to achieve a harmonious result. Tasting while cooking and adjusting flavors is an essential skill that chefs must master in order to perfect the dish. It's important to consider flavor saturation and clean your palate as you taste, so that your taste buds don't become accustomed to the flavors before they're balanced. Mastering the balance of the five key flavors is the hallmark of an expert chef.
Understanding dish preparation techniques will help your staff improve the presentation of their meals and enhance the dining experience of your guests. To get a better idea of how this works, watch our video on how to serve food like a chef.