we learn from each other. we learn from those who speak the same language as us. we like to see new toys, we like to play, we like to gawk and star fuck and snack. we network, we stand back, we jump in, we press our jackets and we show up late. we meet & greet. we are awkward and full of hubris. we think we're above it all and we know we're so so small. we know we have so much to learn. we think we know it all. we think tv has made us. we want tv to make us. we toil away quietly. we blend into the crowd and we wear patten leather clogs. we spike our hair and get new ink and we have disdain for all that shit. we use hydrocolloids and make excuses and we just cook. we get our hands dirty and we haven't picked up a saute pan in years. we only sharpen our own knives on a stone and we use electric knives.
we. cannot be contained by one definition.
what does it mean anyway.
but what i do know is this.
i found my calling. the first time i put on a chef's white double buttoned jacket i was home. and i didn't even know what home was. not ever. but i knew.
and that doesn't mean i don't doubt. that i don't falter and get lost and lose it. to be inspired is a grace, not a guarantee.
love does not promise.
life has no clock.
who you meet, what you see, what you taste, who you taste, words you read, music you hear, fruit you pick, who you watch, who learns you, who you thank, who thanks you, what press you get, what fame you have to live up to, what you chase, who you chase, contracts you sign, how you struggle, what you lose, who you lose
all of this is fleeting. memory. rememory d.
a few nibbles from my live tweets~
"Cuisine is dynamic. Anything that uses the vagaries of ingredients, and that those ingredients change, fuel innovation." David Kinch
Dan Barber called out the concept of "trend-ifying" professional cooking/cheffing by talking shut about our "Media Climate." nice. Word.
"Food is ephemeral. It becomes a memory after you eat it. It should provokes thought & make you learn something." David Kinch
"It doesn't matter how good it looks on the beautiful porcelain plate/wood/ metal. If it doesn't taste really really good..." Thomas Keller
Next dessert is about spring. We don't have rhubarb because winter is very long. So we thought green. Green is the colour of spring. Patrice Demers
Instead of using sugar in apple sorbet we use the ice apple juice." Patrice Demers
What does a chef do? He cooks. And cooking is a craft. Cooking is repetition. And one must learn the craft. ~Thomas Keller
"it's the chef's responsibility to nurture." Thomas Keller
when we go to these conferences we rate ourselves, compare. we see who we aspire to be and those who we would rather die than become. we say we'll never sell out or we look for better ways to sign our soul off.
i went to learn what i know already. that i love my people. that i despise and desire the industry and i will forever be beholden to the craft. that the media is a hungry machine with no teeth and taste buds. it swallows whole like the cyclops, never satiated.
but in the fight to leap into its eyeless clutches or to pry ourselves from its grasp, we, if we open our eyes and hearts and minds, can see and feel and taste and smell and learn so
we hear our words in the mouths of others. we laugh and we are understood.
we learn from each other. we learn from those who speak the same language as us. whether the alphabet or the intonations are the same, or not. we speak the same language. when we pick up a knife or taste an apple or whisk a warm cream or build a story with disparate textures.
a lot of people these past days thanked me for writing eggbeater. it is an honor. thank you for working the line every night, and the ovens every day. thank you for upholding this craft i love with all my heart.
thank you for riding the storm with me. sfl