Tag: chef ryan callahan

Lesson 14: How to Stir Fry

How to Stir Fry A stir fry is probably the easiest form of cooking that one can begin with. They are technically unchallenging, incredibly forgiving, and are very easy to make changes to as you cook. As the name suggests, you physically stir the ingredients in the pan as they are being fried by a […]

Lesson 9: MSG, Miso, Soy, and Umami

MSG, Miso, Soy, and Umami Welcome to Chef Ryan Callahan’s personal website dedicated to the discussion of food, flavor, cooking techniques and the people inside of the restaurant industry! If you came here looking for whether or not Miso contains MSG then you came to the right place. After reading this you’ll be fully informed […]

Lesson 7: Learn Your Own Palate

Learn your own palate! Understanding the simple culinary theories on flavor is very important. By understanding flavor and its root, you can begin to understand how to develop flavors you love and learn to omit, augment, or modify flavors that you don’t like. Many dishes or recipes may also contain a food that you may […]

Lesson 4: Herbs and Spices

Herbs and Spices Now that we are familiar with taste, its complexities, and the basics of our other senses, we need to talk a little more in depth about smell. Or, what I call “the nose of your food.” You can make many fantastic dishes with very basic ingredients, like kosher salt, MSG, black pepper, […]

Lesson 3: Mixing the 5 Flavors

Mixing the 5 Flavors Now that we have a basic understanding of the 5 flavors as they exist independently, we now need to discuss the interactions that 2 or more flavors have while interacting simultaneously. Secondary Flavor Senses Now as we are trying to build our Roundness of Flavor, it is important to keep in […]

Lesson 5: Aromatics

Aromatics Something like 90 percent of all experiences that you have with food are actually nasal related. This is super important to know, because embracing the role that your nose plays in the eating experience will enable you to create richer, fuller eating experiences. As I have previously pointed out, it is the smell of […]

Lesson 2: Taste and the 5 Flavors

Taste and the 5 Flavors Taste itself, is in reality only a small fraction of the sensory experience of cooking and eating. What you actually taste when you eat are 5 primal flavors which are: salty, savory, spicy, sour, and sweet. Each one of these basic taste sensations lends itself as a piece of the whole […]

Lesson 1: What is Flavor?

What is flavor? And how do we experience it? If someone were to ask you to define the idea of flavor to someone who had never eaten before, how would you describe it? Would you aim for the scientific concept of the action of chewing and the detection of chemical compounds and flavors by the […]