In honor of my latest expedition into the world of food, writing, traveling, and all things that are generally debaucheresque in life, I have decided to pay homage to the celebrity chefs that inspire many a young immigrant and vagrants alike to craft some of the best culinary efforts this side of the equator.
While even celebrity chefs take pauses in their day to stab each other, and any of them are self hating in their own way, celebrity chefs have undeniable changed food culture as we know it. Good or bad, the damage has been done. So why not pass some props to the people that inevitably changed the culinary game forever?
Plus, lets be honest, if we don’t pass some anecdotes to these Food Network stars then we will likely have our dreams purged by the likes of Paula Deen dripping butter all over herself and Mario Batali deciding that cooking people might be his next culinary thumbprint on society.
I really don’t want to see that.
“There are all kinds of myths going on in the Italian culture, and the way they celebrate is through their food. It’s the tradition of the table where the Italians celebrate most of their triumphs and successes.”
“Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans … are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit.”
“Spice is life. It depends upon what you like… have fun with it. Yes, food is serious, but you should have fun with it.”
“You can have a wonderful, much better quality of life than you think. You really do think you lead a rich life if you do something as simple as making dinner for yourself. You don’t have to be left out of anything. Maybe you can’t stay in the five-star suite, maybe you can just sit in the cocktail lounge and look at the beautiful view, but you can still go there.”
“What I’ve enjoyed most, though, is meeting people who have a real interest in food and sharing ideas with them. Good food is a global thing and I find that there is always something new and amazing to learn.”
“Cooking has always brought me a happiness that I didn’t think was available. I just fire up the stove, and things start to fade away.”
“Everyone does it with a smile. And cooking is a subject you can never know enough about. There is always something new to discover.”
“I maintain standards and I strive for perfection. That level of pressure is conveyed in a very bullish way and that’s what cooking is all about.”
“I learned more from the one restaurant that didn’t work than from all the ones that were successes.”