They say if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen - but if you can, you're probably a real grownup! Cooking is something that literally anyone can do at a basic level, but it takes a mature, patient person to really excel at it. You have to be willing to wait for those soft peaks to appear in your cake mix; not to open the oven until your souffle is ready, no matter how hungry you are; to keep stirring your carbonara so that it doesn't curdle. You need skin like leather on your hands and the foresight to put your apron on before you ruin your dry-clean-only blouse. You need to be able to juggle multiple physical tasks and track the timing of every step in order to plate and serve everything at the same moment, just the way it should be. You need to know how to cater to allergies, preferences and fussy eaters.
Once you can do all of this, you will have elevated your cooking from ingredients to meals. It's a beautiful thing when it's done well. Do you have what it takes? If so, then click on through, because it's time to get cooking!
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