diningcoupleSince I started this website, many folks have asked me why I call myself a “gourmet’.  Good question!  Do they ask because they think I’m a snob or is it that they don’t know the meaning of the word?

I have  known the meaning of the word for many years, I know I’m a gourmet, and I’ve been one as long as I can remember.  But now, I’d better research the word to make sure I wasn’t wrong about its meaning.

Both Funk & Wagnalls and Webster’s Dictionaries say that a gourmet is “a connoisseur of good food and drink”.

More updated Wikipedia says a gourmet is “a person with defined or discriminating taste or one who is knowledgeable in the art of food and food preparation.”  In ancient France where the word originated, it was said that ” A gourmet makes a meal beautiful, tasteful and memorable“.

My favorite definition is also from Wikipedia, “gourmet is a cultural idea associated with culinary arts of fine food and wine - which is characterized by elaborate preparation and presentations of large meals of small, often quite rich courses.”

Several food sites boast their gourmet services as “stylish and carefully decorated with artistic flare.”

OK, I’ve got it -take this test and if you can answer these questions with “yes”, you are a gourmet!

1. Do you know how to properly pronounce “gourmet”?

2. Do you prefer some wines over others?

3. Can you tell when your dinner has been prepared especially for you?

4. Are you impressed when your dinner looks as good as it tastes?

5. Can you remember where and when you had a really fine meal?

6. Can you taste and smell the difference in many herbs and spices?

7. Do you know how to prepare and serve a special dish that receives compliments?

8. If you were dining in a fine restaurant, would you ask what the house specialty is?

9.  Do you collect cookbooks?

10. Do you know fine food when you taste it?

If you answered “Yes” to 8 or 10 questions, you’re a “GOURMET”!  Congratulations!