6/1/06 - Well Done Burgers
Well, I recently visited an establishment where the burger must be cooked "medium". This is a realtively common phenomenon at places run by large corporations as they must avoid liability. I have no problem with that. What I do have a problem with is their definition of medium. It was more like ultra-well-done. It might as well have been a piece of cardboard.
It got me thinking. Who orders there meat well-done? I always hear the same excuse, these people are scared of germs. Well, when was the last time you heard of someone getting sick from eating a burger cooked medium. I never have and I hang out with a lot of people who eat burgers. In fact, I have on rare occassion ordered a burger rare. I'm still alive.
Well-done meat is disgusting. I think that people who prepare well-done meat no longer deserve to be called chefs. The word cook would even be a stretch for them. Well-done meat must be left cooking until not a drop of juice is left in it. It also must be left cooking until there is little to no taste left.
Eating is supposed to be an enjoyable experiece. Food should taste good. Well-done meat does not.
Well done-meat: I hate you.