by Ben Miller
Giving, methodical, competitive, healthy, or innovative? Those are the options for chef type provided in yesterday’s Well column in yesterday’s New York Times. The article describes how the type of chef you are can affect the likelihood of making a healthy dish versus one that might be heavier on the butter or cream. Fortunately, the Well blog also contained a quiz so at home readers could figure out their own chef type. Like any good magazine/media quiz it’s silly and gimmicky, but it does break the chef types down into five categories:
a) Giving: Friendly, well-liked and enthusiastic, giving cooks seldom experiment, love baking and like to serve tried-and-true family favorites, although that sometimes means serving less healthful foods.
b) Methodical: Talented cooks who rely heavily on recipes. The methodical cook has refined tastes and manners. Their creations always look exactly like the picture in the cookbook.
c) Healthy: Optimistic, book-loving, nature enthusiasts, healthy cooks experiment with fish, fresh produce and herbs. Health comes first, even if it means sometimes sacrificing taste.
d) Competitive: The Iron Chef of the neighborhood, competitive cooks have dominant personalities and are intense perfectionists who love to impress their guests.
e) Innovative: Creative and trend-setting, innovative cooks seldom use recipes and like to experiment with ingredients, cuisine styles and cooking methods.
So where do the IFA chefs fit in the Times’ categories?
Giving: Amanda Simon, Kate Steadman, Kay Steiger
Methodical: Matthew Yglesias
Competitive: Ben Miller
Innovative: Amanda Mattos, Spencer Ackerman, Kriston Capps
Appreciative taker of delicious baked goods voluntarily made by friends: Kriston Capps
The article claims that this information is useful because home chefs that are more likely to cook unhealthy dishes can be aware of their “biases” and correct for them. To me, it basically seems like if you’re a friendly person you’ll probably get stuck in the “giving” category and be labeled as cooking unhealthy food–not exactly the most exact way to going about this process. Oh, and none of us are healthy.
UPDATE: Fixed Kriston’s designation and added some context.