What's the best dish for a beginner cook to try? We asked star chefs from all over the country for their recommendations. Here’s what they had to say.
1. Grilled Cheese Sandwich with a Fried Egg
“You learn temperature control, working with butter and not burning it, caramelization, that you can screw up easily if you don’t control temperature and egg cookery,” says Hawaii chef Robert McGee. “Make it with American cheese on white bread, not the artisanal stuff, because you’re a neophyte and can’t waste good ingredients.”
“I wouldn’t be afraid to jump in there and get your hands dirty,” says chef Matt Jennings of Boston’s forthcoming Townsman. “Any dough, whether bread or pasta or gnocchi or dumplings—that’s probably the best way to start. As a kid I used to have pizza nights with my dad. We would turn the kitchen into a complete disaster. I’d end up with flour in my pockets the next day at school. But that’s part of cooking—you’ve got to be able to jump in and enjoy it.” Here's an easy way to make perfect pizza margherita.