One of the questions on the application for Charlie’s Burgers is, “What would your last meal on earth be?” I like this question because the response it elicits strips away any pretentiousness or health concerns about food and gets to the core of what tastes good.
If I knew I were going to die tomorrow, I would eat the richest and most decadently delicious things I could imagine. My response to that questionnaire included anchovy-laced salad, stuffed pasta in herb-wine-cream sauce and something bloody and tender like filet mignon. I also included something unabashedly deep-fried and my weakness of all weaknesses: the god-sent chocolate hazelnut combination.
The flavors of the courses for my meal would be sweet, salty, pungent, sour, umami, creamy, bitter, earthy and fresh. I’d want the textures to be soft, chewy, crisp and crunchy. I’d want to be simultaneously comforted and surprised and I’d want to eat with my eyes as I eat with my mouth. I’d want the meal to test the limits of my imagination.
Let’s be honest though: my imagination is limited. I know some things about food, but there are flavors I haven’t even experienced yet. I care deeply and passionately about the culinary arts, but it’s not my entire life and I am by no means an expert.
That’s why I’m so excited to attend the next meeting at Charlie’s Burgers. An executive sous-chef from one of the top restaurants in Canada has constructed the menu he would select for his very last meal on earth.
I can only imagine what it will be like.