I am the world's messiest cook. I drip, splash, drop and throw food around whilst cooking. I miss receptacles when spooning something from a pan to its destination. Our hob is black ceramic and at the end of a cooking bout it looks like something from a Jackson - Jack the dripper - Pollock painting. What I would like to know is how do television chefs stay so clean, pristine, perfect in their whites?
As I write this I am also watching a French tv chef on channel 8 create the sort of dish that needs lots of preparation. He has several dishes, pans, bowls on the go and he is impeccably clean. It's being done in real time, there is no stopping the camera whilst he goes and changes jackets - he is neat, dapper, pale of face and very very calm. If it were me doing the same dish I would be a mess, splattered and red-cheeked but, strangely enough, I would also be very very calm because I positively adore to cook. Never mind that I create a maelstrom in the kitchen; I really do enjoy the process but I wish that I didn't look quite so dégueulasse* at the end of it.
I wonder why you don't see more chefs wearing blacks. I know you can buy them but I have yet to see anyone wearing them. What about you? Are you a messy or a clean cook?