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" 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. "
" Any processed chicken from any place - I'll order it in a heartbeat. I'm very picky about my pork, though. "
" As a child, I didn't see my dad that much because he was always working at the restaurant. He became pretty jaded after working at the restaurant for so long. "
" Be careful what you wish for - getting to be a successful business and maintaining it is so hard. Anyone can be good one night; being good over several years is incredibly difficult. "
" Before I had my own restaurant, I was never top dog in the kitchen. I've always had a low opinion of myself as a cook. "
" Chef Thomas Keller was an inspiration to me and many, many young cooks like me. He told us that the role of the new, modern chef is different. "
" Contemporary ramen is totally different than what most Americans think ramen should be. Ramen is not one thing; there are many, many different types. "
" Cooking and gardening involve so many disciplines: math, chemistry, reading, history. "
" Don't even get me started. I'm not against all vegetarians. But if you're a vegetarian for ethical reasons, you may be causing more harm. "
" Everyone tries to compare cooks to rock stars. I see more comparisons to the fashion world. "
" Fear is a driving force for most of the things that I do. I don't know if that's healthy. "
" Fine dining teaches you how to cook many different things, and it gives you the basic fundamentals, but these specialty restaurants, they're not teaching you the broad foundation you need to become a well-rounded cook. "
" Food, to me, is always about cooking and eating with those you love and care for. "
" For everyday diners in Manhattan, cracking the waiting list at Nobu is said to be harder than getting courtside tickets for the Knicks. "
" 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. "
" I appreciate people who are happy. "
" I constantly think I'm a fraud - that this success is not warranted or justified. "
" I don't like eating in restaurants. "
" I doubt I'd ever do television to the extent that, say, Gordon Ramsay has. "
" I feel like I'm losing my ability to understand reality; like when someone loses their hearing, they can still speak English, but their speech eventually becomes distorted because they can't hear themselves. "
" If I have a really bad cook or a bad manager or bad sous-chef, I previously would have fired them or lost my temper. But now I realize that if I'm so right, then I should be able to communicate it so clearly that they get it. "
" I find that there are a lot of similarities between French and Japanese food. I think they're two countries that have really systemized their cuisine and codified it. "
" If people ask me, 'What do you think could improve in Toronto dining,' I'd say there's nothing to improve on. "
" If people think you are this amazing, own it. "
" If you ask what people say what American cuisine is, they cannot really do it. I don't know what it is. "
" If you're going to be a vegetarian, limit yourself to food from a place you can go to in two hours and just eat that. "
" I hate to say 'chain restaurant,' but we're sort of a corporation now. How do we defy that concept, where people assume each restaurant can't be good? "
" I learned so much more prepping vegetables than I ever did in cooking school. "
" I like eggs. My favorite way of cooking eggs is old school French. "
" I lived across the street from Noodle Bar. I could barely stand it, because you're there all the time; you can't get away. "
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