Food, to me, is always about cooking and eating with those you love and care for.
America is a country of abundance, but our food culture is sad - based on huge portions and fast food. Let's stop with the excuses and start creating something better.
I constantly think I'm a fraud - that this success is not warranted or justified.
Life's too short to just breeze on by.
Fear is a driving force for most of the things that I do. I don't know if that's healthy.
I love chicken. I love chicken products: fried chicken, roasted chicken, chicken nuggets - whatever. And going to Japan, I would see that these chicken were smoked and then grilled and then have this amazing crispy skin.
The Momofuku Culinary Lab started as a space where we could focus on creating and innovating. I didn't want us to worry about working on projects in a restaurant; there are just too many distractions in service and running a kitchen to be able to focus on creating your dishes.
The process and organization leading up to cooking the egg can tell you a lot about the cook.
Growing up, my dad owned a restaurant in Washington, DC, and food was something I was passionate about. But when I finally got into it, I felt like it was so late in the game; that's why I worked seven days a week at Craft and Mercer Kitchen. I wanted to see how far I could take it.
Any processed chicken from any place - I'll order it in a heartbeat. I'm very picky about my pork, though.
Yes, natural is good and healthy, and whole foods are important. However, experimentation is important, too.
My dad was in the restaurant business, but I didn't really think about following him. Had I done better at school, I don't know if I would have been a chef.
If people ask me, 'What do you think could improve in Toronto dining,' I'd say there's nothing to improve on.
I look forward to the spring vegetables because the season is so short. Mushrooms, edible foraged herbs, wild leeks, early season asparagus.
I'm not cooking every day anymore, and that's the biggest withdrawal. Cooking is honest work. Now I don't know how to measure myself.
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