Etiquette Tuesday: Taste First, Season Second

[ 0 ] December 8, 2009 |

Taste your food before seasoning it. This is kind of an insult to the chef if you season before tasting. Really, will it kill you to taste something that is slightly to not at all seasoned? Just one bite. We know what you’re thinking: I already know I want more salt, I always do. Or I like extra spice on mines, I’m adding my pepper first. Well on the flip side, here’s what the cooks thinking: She thinks I can’t cook or I know how to season my food, is he trying to tell me something?

We know, it’s a petty etiquette rule, but honestly it falls right in line with offering to clean up after dinner: you don’t really want to do it, but you do it because it’s the polite thing to do. Let’s keep it polite and take that one bite.

*Exception: There’s always an exception…If the chef/cook isn’t sitting right there when you get ready for the first bite, season first;-)

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Category: Food.Fun.Stuff.

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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