I was asked yesterday, by a follower on twitter, if I had any skate cheeks.
It appears that a TV chef was cooking with them on Market Kitchen. One question buzzed through my mind. WHY?
Surely if you were going on a programme such as this you would want to cook a dish that the viewers would be able to cook at home. If so, then choose a main ingredient that the viewers will readily be able to buy. Not one that you would have to hunt high and low to find. I expect 99% of you will never be able to get a skate cheek, which like monk, cod or halibut cheeks are very lovely but hardly abundant. I am not saying they are impossible to get but there are so few about they are not a regular on my slab.
It makes me question this chefs agenda. Was he or she trying to educate and help the viewer or simply play a game of one upmanship with his fellow chefs.
I will leave you to decide, but in the meantime come on guys think a bit about what you are doing because there is an impact on guys like me.