Learning from the masters

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MasterChef was the reality program that got me really interested in cooking as an art form, rather than a chore.

It opened up a whole new cookbook of vocabulary like caramelisation, julienne, Mise en Place. It introduced me to an extensive menu of new and diverse cuisines like tagine, Croquembouche and Yorkshire pudding. It brought into the living room the culinary world of three-hatted or Michelin-crowned celebrity chefs.

In some seasons, there are the masterclasses where the judges and invited guests taught and demonstrated techniques and tips to the contestants. Some things are simply beyond me, but from time to time, there are certain handy tricks which can be used in the home kitchens.

The very affable Jamie Oliver was one of the invited chefs on the show. In his most recent outing, he even competed against three contestants. It was a fantastic episode as we laughed at how he sliced, chopped, cooked and plated up with such casual ease, and even found time to coach his opponents. Just loved the episode and so did many others, judging by the number of posts to the show’s Facebook wall! I was really glad to read later in the papers that Jamie Oliver’s restaurant would soon be open in Perth! And in Singapore too! Jolly good!

What was great about Jamie Oliver was that his love for food was apparent. And his delight and exhilaration while cooking was really infectious. His food was also not pretentious, but hearty and sumptuous to satisfy… unlike the so-called “deconstructed food” or “art” on a plate.

Guess which dish was Jamie’s?!
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From the three over years of Jesus’ earthly ministry, we could see what a great Master He was in teaching, imparting and feeding with spiritual food.

Jesus loves what He is teaching

Jesus loves the subject matter of His teaching. He loves God, He loves the Word of God.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
Matthew 22:37

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Matthew 4:4

Jesus knows what He is teaching

Jesus did not forsake the learning of God’s Word even though He is the Word Himself!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
John 1: 1-2

And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.

After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers,
listening to them and asking them questions.
Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
Luke 2:40, 46-47

When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching,
because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

Matthew 7:28-29

Jesus knows why He is teaching

Jesus taught because of the people and not for position, popularity or pride. Jesus taught using parables, which are earthly stories with a Heavenly meaning. Jesus made sure that the multitudes understood what He was teaching.

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down.
His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.
Matthew 5:1-2

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
Mark 6:34

I can just imagine being there with the multitudes, scattered all around the rough terrain in a remote location… listening intently to and hanging on to His every word despite physical hunger! I am sure that the teachings of Jesus would have been a very satisfying feast to fill every hungry heart!
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P/S: Jamie’s dish was the sumptuous and generous platter on the right.

Posted on December 3, 2012, in 2012. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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