So this topic was trigger by a topic on the “other” site.
Disclaimer- when invited for dinner at someone’s house, I am not sitting around judging the level of the meal etc. I do note things that are particularly done well, but I recognize that I like to cook and not everybody does so to the extent that I do. I am thankful for the invitation even if it’s take out pizza etc. I am there for the gathering, the company and if it’s a good meal, then an added bonus!
If you were invited to someone’s house for dinner for the first time, what are your benchmarks for labeling them a serious cook? Particular dishes, executed well? Difficult techniques?
People seem to think that if someone makes them steak and lobster, they’re an amazing cook. My dad could grill steaks well but blew up a baking potato in the oven because he didn’t pierce the potatoes prior to cooking. He was by no means an amazing cook.
In all honesty, I’m not invited to too many dinner parties where one person exclusively cooks the meal. I’ve hosted many though. Often, I end up at potluck type meals which are more often about socializing.