I searched for an answer but I couldn’t find any. I think there should be factual answer for this question. Mods feel free to move this to IMHO if appropriate.
Are there any restaurant Chefs out there?
My wife and I eat out fairly often, and we usually go to nice restaurants. When the food comes she immediately grabs the salt and adds some, without ever tasting the food. (She’s a salt-a-holic and likes her food on the salty side). She figures that chefs normally underseason food since customers may not appreciate the same level of “seasoning” the chef might think appropriate. Preparing bland food of course means the customer can add whatever seasonings they want.
I believe that chefs normally season food as it should be consumed, and that customers should sample the food first to see if additional salt or pepper is needed. They can then add all the salt or pepper they want… but that chefs don’t prepare bland food as a rule.
So the basic question is, do chefs purposely underseason food so that customers can add seasoning later or do they pre-season food based on how spicy they think the dish should be?
I realize that 10 different chefs might do 10 different things… but what do most chefs do and why do they do it?