Gourmet food—premium meats, delectable cheeses, dishes so elegant and phenomenal as to bring one to the very brink of tears—are desired by those who have a true sense of appreciation for it. This is by no means an across-the-board advocation of food snobbery. On the contrary, it merely shines a light on the depth of pleasure that is derived when there is an understanding of not only what goes into the making of such fine cuisine but also a conscious recognition of the comingling of wonderful flavors. Mine was not always a discriminating palate, and I still have a long journey yet on this road of culinary discovery. However, with each new dish, the true pleasure I derive from food brings me one step closer to a well-informed palate.