5 Ways Social Media Perfected My Cooking Skills
If you had asked me 5 years ago if I would be using the terms “food” and “porn” in the same sentence I would have told you that you were being vulgar and inappropriate. No, seriously, that’s disgusting…
You know I'm only kidding! Nowadays, I think I’ve searched #foodporn about 5-10 times each week in search for inspiration—either for the next restaurant I venture into or the next meal I make. I think for any social media enthusiast, it’s obvious that you can turn to social media if you are ever in need of some cooking inspo (um hellloooo #yolkporn for Sunday brunch, you won’t be disappointed). What I found surprising was that throughout my searches for the perfect ramen burger on Instagram was that I actually learned something along the way.
Without further adieu…
5 Ways Social Media Perfected My Cooking Skills:
1. My Practice - With more inspiration, you simply want to cook more! The more you cook, the better you get at it (as with anything).
2. My Technical Skills - If you don’t follow Buzzfeed’s Tasty, you should. Or any social/video cooking platform for that matter. While it may seem amateur (which is good! It means that it’s approachable and everyone can create these meals), I feel like you can learn so many valuable lessons from these videos. You literally have a video tutorial on how a meal should be prepped, prepared, and presented. When they chop their bell peppers, every piece is the same size. When they sauté their chicken, they brown it on medium and season both sides. These are crucial but small details that are often left behind when we don’t have such a great visual guide.
3. My Presentation Skills - What is it that they always say? Copying is the sincerest form of flattery? Ain’t that the truth. Especially when it comes to cooking. When you have a social media photo of what's supposed to be the outcome of a perfect dish, you know what it’s supposed to look like. You don’t just end up with a sloppy dish of eggs, instead, you have a nice bowl lined with spiralized sweet potatoes topped with a ring of sausage and #yolkporn.
4. My Creative Skills - Because there are so many people utilizing social media, it challenges us to come up with new and exciting ideas. Do you think the person who created the @DrakeonCake Instagram really would have wrote Drake lyrics on cakes if it weren’t for social media? Sure, maybe? But I guarantee it’s inspired them immensely to keep it going. The discovery page on Instagram and Twitter allows for my imagination to wander like crazy, constantly building off other's amazing creations.
5. My Confidence - I don’t think there is anything better than seeing your creation come to life on a social media feed. While getting a couple of likes and comments is always nice, it’s all about making it your own.
If only Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook had scratch and sniff!