I am trying to get a better understanding about truffle oils. It seems that some chefs love them and others hate them. It seems that most truffle oils are not even made from truffles, and do not have the same flavor profile. Some say that it provides a glossy sheen and provides a similar flavor, but mostly serves as an inexpensive substitute for using real truffles. What do you think about using Truffle Oils?
I also would like some explanation about the 2 videos I provided below. One video shows Gordon Ramsay using truffle oil and he says its a "chef's dream". The other video is from MasterChef (US) and has Joe, Elliot, and Ramsay condemning a contestant for using white truffle oil. Is there something I am missing? Are some truffle oils acceptable, while others are not? Or, is it just the case that Ramsay used to think they were okay to use, and now has changed his mind? Is white truffle oil bad, but black truffle oil is good?
Thanks for your thoughts on this.