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Jennifer Rubell

Jennifer Rubell, 36, writer, renowned hostess, hotelier, Harvard grad and member of the illustrious Rubell clan, is poised to become the country’s newest entertaining guru.  Jennifer is currently Food and[…]

A great home cook needs much less than a great professional chef.

Jennifer Rubell: Well I think what makes a great professional chef is somebody . . .  Well scratch that.  I think what makes a great professional chef or home cook is somebody with a terrific palate first of all.  Somebody who loves to eat; and has a really good sense of flavor; and has tasted a lot of different things in the world; thinks about food and really applies that to their cooking; and has some kind of . . . some kind of philosophy that they bring to the world of food.  Now that’s what makes a great cook or a great chef.
To be a very, very good home cook, you don’t need all that.  You just need to be able to cook a few dishes well.  But somebody who is really pushing . . . pushing the public’s sense of taste, or flavor, or the definition of cooking is going to be somebody who has a real perspective.  And they’ve arrived at that perspective through a lot of tasting, and they are then pushing it to something new.  It’s what makes a great artist in any medium.

Recorded on 12/13/07