As a restaurateur, my job is to basically control the chaos and the drama. There's always going to be chaos in the restaurant business.
The 1,000 tasting portions were to be served over a period of six hours, starting at noon, so we would have to prep those another way, to keep them as fresh as possible.
There really is a camaraderie among chefs and a willingness to help out whenever we can.
You have to stick out the toughness of the business and form relationships with the people in it.
It's a very, very difficult space to operate in, the restaurant business-it requires a lot of human beings to intersect at just the right place to make it all work out.
Talking up a storm about food is so easy for me, it's second nature.
There are many great wine producers from all over the world making fantastic wines. Italian wines especially are making an enormous comeback after sometimes being labeled as inexpensive jug wines.
I wanted to share my life story and honor my roots. I am very proud of my family and mother.
Flavor Five is a book with recipes using five ingredients to possibly be cooked in just five minutes. It will be very user-friendly for the home cook on the run.
It is important to experiment and endlessly seek after creating the best possible flavors when preparing foods. That means not being afraid to experiment with various ingredients.
At times, it was an incredible blessing to have all the attention; at times it was a logistical nightmare.
In all my work I like to convey the fact that I like cooks, that it's noble toil and that it is hard.
Mama is slowly getting better. So many people are so fond of her.
Be curious, learn and read as much as you can about food. Don't worry about making money. Focus on learning at various venues before you settle down for a steady position.
I definitely think there was some overacting on the part of the customers and the wait staff. The people who came in during the shooting were clearly there to have a moment on television, and that's fine.
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