Everyone loves a compliment, Proverbs says, "Pleasant words are as an honey, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones."
Share a compliment regarding your food, that either encouraged you, or has stuck with you, which you really appreciate.
First I am just a home cook, not a chef or pro. I love to cook, but really enjoy backyard cooking.
I received one of those compliments on the 4th. In another post I shared that I cooked for our July 4th party with 30+ people. I smoked ribs, grilled chicken, etc. New to our backyard feasts were my nephew's Father-in-law to be "Jeff", and his wife "Karen", plus a couple of their friends. Jeff is a food industry professional, has run a couple of food businesses, and really loves cooking and food, I have cooked for Jeff & Karen a couple of times and we swap ideas and recipes, techniques. What I didn't know was that one of Jeff's friends a gal, was a local food critic, and food writer. Karen revealed to me that their food critic friend said my bbq sauced ribs were some of the best she had ever ate, and the sauce was super delicious. In addition the grilled bbq chicken and sauce was top notch too. The compliment was later backed up by my nephew's fiance who heard the food critic and shared with me what she said.
I really appreciated the compliment because as all cooks and chefs know, if someone is enjoying something, someone else worked hard to make that happen. This goes for food, or just about anything.