5 signs of a dyspraxic chef

5 signs of a dyspraxic chef
5 signs of a dyspraxic chef

5 signs of a dyspraxic chef

1. Dyspraxia symptoms | messy eating: the dyspraxic chef is spilling his food

Three words: dyspraxia, messy and eating. Nothing could go wrong, right? Wrong. Adults living with dyspraxia have issues with fine motor skills. A common dyspraxia symptom is messy eating.
A sure fire way of spotting a dyspraxic chef is to look for food. Food on the floor, food on the kitchen counter, food on the furniture, food on the wall.
Eating tacos | the dyspraxic chef | dyspraxia symptoms messy eating

A dyspraxic adult might have trouble eating some types of foods.

OK, so you get the point, but it is a serious point. I have on countless times dropped a knife or fork when seemingly in control of it. Sometimes it is not a disaster and I am at home. Other times in public, a fork will slip from my hand and in slow motion bounce and spring off every dish and plate on the table.
When I manage to keep hold of the cutlery, you can bet something will fall from my plate or fly from a fork and stain me or my surroundings. It is often the very last bit of a very messy meal that does the damage.

2.They are slicing and dicing their fingers, not the food

Adults living with dyspraxia can struggle with fine motor skills. Making preparing a food tricky task. A good tip to see if your plate is being filled by a dyspraxic adult is by checking their hands for cuts. A good chef will have them covered with plasters and a better yet, a dyspraxic chef would have taken extra care and time so they might not have any.
I have to say, I am on a good run and am still counting all my digits. Extra care and vigilance are needed though, or your next dish might have more meat in than intended.

3. They are probably stuck doing something stupid.

This one is a first-hand account of the dyspraxic chef spending 5 -10 minutes trying to put on a pair of women’s trousers, before realising they were not mine. This is a common occurrence for adults living with dyspraxia symptoms. Not that adults with dyspraxia like to dress up in the opposite sexes clothes (although some might).
This can have implications in the kitchen.  Adults with dyspraxia can struggle with switching tasks and managing time. So it could take a dyspraxic chef some time before realising they are doing something wrong and that they didn’t plan enough time to do it. So, I hope you are not too hungry because switching tasks and starting again is going to take some time.
Writting on a birthday cake | the dyspraxic chef | dyspraxia symptoms messy eating

An adult living with dyspraxia might run out of space to decorate a cake.

 4. They have likely set something alight in the kitchen

Cooking with dyspraxia has all sorts of obstacles. There are  nothing that can’t be overcome with some grit and determination, but none the less, things lay in wait; ready to trip up an adult with dyspraxia in the kitchen.
Oven on fire | the dyspraxic chef | dyspraxia symptoms messy eating

the dyspraxic chef strikes again

Recently, I decided to have a night off from chefing, the result was a frozen pizza. Now, I don’t know if it is fair to attribute this to dyspraxia, but I managed to set fire to the baking paper the pizza was on (the oven was on too high of a heat). A quick tip, don’t fan the flames, as they say. Flaming oven tray in one hand, blowing the flames, I was left with no choice but to put it in the sink. I put the fire out and more importantly, I saved the pizza, although it was a bit soggy.

5.They have just presented you with a tasty, tasty, tasty dish!

That’s right, a good sign that you are being catered for by a dyspraxic chef is that they have just placed a tasty plate of food before you. Adults with dyspraxia might have issues with the texture of foods, but I think that enables them to satisfy the most sensitive pallet. Without a doubt, a lot of hard work and passion will have gone into the tasty treat before you, so enjoy and ALWAYS send your compliments to the dyspraxic chef.
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6 thoughts on “5 signs of a dyspraxic chef

  1. Well blogged – I would have shared it too my page but I absolutely hate the sight of people putting food in their mouth – probably goes back to my early parenting – “Andrew, close your mouth when you are eating”

  2. Great awareness raising article – which can be applies equally to Dyspraxics trying to cook a family meal at home .. I can relate firsthand to every one of the 5 points raised & will go further to add These further points if I may .

    6) Getting other people to try eating foo You’ve tried very hard to cook ,, let alone 7liking and giving positive feedback , when a even the most basic .dishes is a challenge ,. Its difficulty in achieving this , for Dyspraxics lies in the fundamental lack of automatic ability & skills which Nom-Dyspraxics don’t have .

    7. Everything takes longer for Dyspraxia to do , this is the same with cooking.

    8. Coming up with realistically achievable results , the pictures and recipes may be appealing on paper/screen/ and verbally . Thwvwelk-meaning advice / tips from people trying to understand / help ,but not able to executed, the same way NeuroTypical people can.
    7 )Add to the overwhelming sensory overload of gong doing a foodshoppung , in store or online ,. Made all the more harder if the Dyspraxic addition ally suffers with one or more other conditions such as Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, ASD, SPD, EFD, CFS/ME, anxiety / depression/ .

    8. Coming up with ideas / menu planning – when failure is all too commonplace

    9 The despair , embarrassment and shame of not being to invite family member / friends over fir meals .

    10. Havibg to rely on long-sufffering husbands ,etc , disappointing children , feeling hopeless because even when you do manage to cook something palatable- it doesn’t get eaten by those you want to.

    10. Havibg to resort to accepting impractical help ftrom outside Carers or finding a suitable cookery course.

    11. Personally , (at the not young age of 42). With children of primary and secondary school ages,

    I’ve been fortunate enough to find a qualified chef & member of the church
    I attend , to give me regular cooking lessons I lack . This is encouraging and humbling , as i wishi both wish I’d done it sooner & worry I’ve left it too little too late , for it to turn my culinary skills around .

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