My cooking style is... rather different. I'll see say a rasberry lying on a table and ask myself how can I get that to work with a steak or something. I do things you're not really supposed to and I make it work. Our clientele consists of the higher ups in society. These are big names that have been to some of the best restaurants and I've gotten many compliments on these ''unique'' dishes. Well experimenting like this doesn't always go your way and you end up with some bad tasting food sometimes because the end result are flavors that just don't work out. To me, this is cooking. If it works, you sell it. If it doesn't, you start over from scratch and either go back and ask yourself what went wrong in step #3 or scratch the idea altogether and try something new.
My friend on the other hand is by far a better cook than me and I'll admit it. He's been cooking in restaurants since he was 16, and I have 2 years experience where as he has 8. So he has seen a lot more than me in his time cooking so far. The thing is though is that I introduce him to new ways of doing something and he'll take credit for it. I never say anything though because I know it's something I came up with and that's all that matters to me. I don't feel like he's original at all with as much kitchen experience that he has. Most of his dishes are recipes from the internet that he says he himself came up with which I know isn't true.
Just the other day I came up with something and lets just say the end result was VERY spicy. It wasn't so much the amounts of ingredients I used, but what I mixed. So I started over substituting one ingredient and it came out perfect. He wouldn't let it go for some reason. He told me I used way too much of so and so when I knew exactly how much I used and he continued to call me a liar. Then he went on to explain what yields are which really irritated me because that's pretty much a way of calling me dumb. He asked me where I got the recipe and I said ''Nowhere. I made this. I don't copy other people's recipes.'' He said, ''Well it sucks and wherever you got the recipe from, you should follow it exactly because you added too much of something. There are recipes for a reason. You follow them and if it turns out good, you then add your own changes to it.''
So in other words, never try anything new. Copy famous recipes and sprinkle parsley on top when it calls for chives. I really took offense to this, but I never argue with people. I just shake my head and act like I agree and bite my lip. I wanted all of your opinions on this matter. I feel childish for even asking, but there are so many more experienced people on here than I am and I want to know if this is how things are done like he says they are. Is it wrong to copy a recipe and add a few subtle things to it and call it yours?