Rick Moonen - What is Comfort Food?
What defines Comfort Food in today’s environment? Will it become the fine dining cuisine of the future?
Comfort food is food that provides a nostalgic or sentimental value to someone, and may sometimes be characterized by its satisfying or simple preparation. The nostalgia may be specific to an individual, or it may apply to a specific culture. Adults, when under severe emotional stress, turn to what could be called ‘comfort food’—food associated with the security of childhood, like mother’s poached egg, a noodle dish, or chicken soup. Soups, stews, braises, casseroles, chocolate and ice cream are some examples of go-to foods to make you feel cozy, warm, calm, comfortable, sated and just content.
Newer, and perceptually more higher end methods and ingredients have been redefining “comfort food” for decades.
About Rick Moonen
Chef Rick Moonen has been a leader in the culinary world for several decades through his early success with “Oceana” in New York City, “RM Seafood”, and many other ventures throughout his career which distinguished him as the “Godfather of Sustainability”. Chef Moonen will be supporting our culinary leadership providing insights and innovation for our industry level e-learning products, as well as live events and business development for the culinary program for all concepts.
Chef Moonen is a James Beard Award winner and one of the country’s leading culinary authority on seafood, receiving the coveted 3-star New York Times rating five times, and has been inducted into the American Culinary Hall of Fame.
Chef Moonen is a critically acclaimed author featured in numerous publications including Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, and USA Today, and is recognized for his appearances on The Food Network, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Top Chef Masters, Good Morning America, CNN and more.