Being a chef is, in a broad sense, is a profession, requiring years of practice and hours of dedicated work. This can be summed up in the concept of “apprenticeship”. In my life I have been a musician, goldsmith, now a physician, all of which required an “apprenticeship” and a continued desire to learn the “trade” or “profession”. To understand the dedication required to become this type of professional, I suggest you read Jacque Pepin’s book, “The Apprentice”.
The Banana plant is a flowering herbaceous plant. It has a central stalk and blades (leaves) on all sides. These leaves can grow to a size of 6 ½ feet (2 meters). Banana leaves are used throughout Asia to wrap food. They do lend a subtle flavor to the food and a “vibrant” color. They are inexpensive, can usually be found in oriental food stores, or on line.