Grateful for the Kitchen, Experiences, Good Food and Great People
The Five Senses. Seems simple and logical, right? Sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste. Ahhhhh the taste. What is not to love about tasting great food? But a love of all things kitchen goes beyond mere taste.
Seated at the table of my first fine dining experience I looked around at the eclectic mix of guests. Businessmen in heated conversation over contracts, parents celebrating their child’s graduation, a couple on their first date, and glasses of celebratory Veuve Cliquout clinking for the newly engaged couple. I sit feeling as though I stick out like a sore thumb enjoying casual conversation and all of a sudden it hits; first the sound of a sizzling platter, next the smell of butter, freshly whipped mashed potatoes and warm baked bread, culminating with the visual of the prime filet mignon being presented like a trophy in front of my eyes. It is then that I realize that food is so much more then…well food. And it should be.
Food should take you on a journey, a journey of past, present and future. The emotional connection to food its what keeps me in the kitchen. What once started out as a desire to outdo the last raving guest has transitioned into outdoing the last fun creation my kids and I made together. It is that emotional connection to food that has brought me back into the kitchen and drives me every day to create.
At this very special time of the year I find myself reflecting on all the things I am grateful for. This year I add special thanks to my family and friends for their love and support as I jump outside of my comfort zone and bring Christen Gray Culinary to life. Like most businesses, mine started as a desire to bring great flavors and my passion for food to your table.