ok, i may be getting a little stodgy in my advanced age… i might not be as cutting edge as i once was… but i can’t help it, i’m frustrated by the very concept of fusion cuisine.
ok, great, you take something from one genre, add either prep elements or flavors from another and bam! instant high class cuisine right? The theory is sound, if two things taste great, they must taste great together… chocolate and peanut butter… bacon and eggs, beer and pizza… you get the picture.
well, i think it points to a lack of respect for the ingredient you are working with. call me a traditionalist but my steak doesn’t need a mango chutney. as a matter of fact, my steak doesn’t need anything but a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper and about 3 1/2 minutes per side.
i think fusion is borne from a boredom with traditional methods and ingredients. its a result of people always looking for the next best thing. well, for my money, the next best thing is overrated. good food (as i am probably going to repeat a million times over the next year) comes from getting the right ingredients, as fresh as possible and preparing them in the manner that is perfect for that ingredient. no need to go crazy with bizarre combinations. respect your ingredients and bring out the best of what they are.