Under the Walker Chan Culinary School, Cooking is defined as combining two or more ingredients and putting them on the stove or in the oven.
This is supplemented by the Alison Cichowlas Postulate that Cooking only applies when the input values are inedible and are returned edible.
Some examples of cooking:
- pie, because there are multiple ingredients that are cooked in the oven
- chicken nuggets and french fries, because there are two ingredients that are cooked in the oven
- chocolate ice cream, because the cream and cocoa powder are combined on the stove
Some examples of food preparation that does not count as cooking:
- pasta made in the microwave because it doesn't use the stove or oven
- rice made in the microwave because it doesn't use the stove or oven
- frozen pizza because it only has a single ingredient
- tang ice cream, because it does not use the stove or oven
- fish sticks, following the frozen pizza rule