What happens when you prep food is your mind is very involved with the flavours that you are going to create within a dish.
When your palate is clean, you recognise the taste of thyme, of lemon, of somebody who has used lemon rind or Parmesan rather than salt, you can taste it.
And then you have somebody into the kitchen who goes out halfway through and has a cigarette You know, sometimes these kitchens that we work in, are atmosphereless.
They have no windows, they have no fresh air and so the smells around are what you have to keep you going however, what you're smelling, whether you've washed you're hands or not, is smoke.
Your nose is filled with the smell of tobacco.
All down your throat is filled with the taste of the tobacco.
Your stomach is filled with the smoke and the remnants of the tobacco.
So your senses are very very confused about what exactly is going on.
Your taste buds are just like the smoker in the dining hall who is adding salt to your food before they have even tasted it.
You know I have friends who say to me they have no interest in food anymore because they've been smoking since they were 14 years old.
You know I'm 44 now, so that's 30 years of smoking.
And what I say to them is, it's irrelevant, don't worry about it.
Start the journey of giving up smoking now.
Your taste buds will come back.
And the journey of food will begin and you'll be able to see, taste and see the beautiful things that are being created now.
This is a sample from our ‘Quit Cigarettes’ mission, which is currently live in the UK. Our goal is to increase the amount of people in the UK who quit cigarettes. Read more about our first mission here.
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