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" A chef is a mixture maybe of artistry and craft. You have to learn the craft really to get there. "
" When I do a cooking class now, I tell people that the most important part is to read the recipe many times so you know what you're doing. What I don't tell them, though, is that sometimes I do parties where I'm rushing so much I don't have time to follow my own advice. "
" I really love Paris. It's my favorite city. "
" What I don't like is breakfast in the morning. I have a double-espresso cappuccino, but no food. "
" A lot of chefs are traditional and do it very well. But the ones who are the most successful are the ones who change things. That is why someone like Heston Blumenthal is a genius. "
" When I was 27, if I didn't put 15 things in one dish I wasn't happy. "
" The good news about showcasing chefs and the TV shows is they've attracted a lot more smart kids to the profession than 30 years ago. On the downside, though, these young chefs all say they want their own restaurant and their own TV show. "
" For me, cooking is an expression of the land where you are and the culture of that place. "
" I believe that London is the most exciting food city in Europe. "
" I like to be firm. But it is easier to be nice than to be nasty. "
" For me, I don't expect to have a really amazing meal each time I dine out. Having a good meal with your loved ones - that's what makes the experience. "
" I like the Japanese knives, I like French knives. Whatever's sharp. "
" I like Dover sole. It's always one of my favorites. I like it when I'm in England. I eat it every day almost. I think it's probably one of my favorite fish. "
" I grew up in Austria, and for me real comfort food is Wiener Schnitzel. Wiener Schnitzel and mashed potatoes because it reminds me of my youth... It reminds me when I grow up and it feels very comforting. "
" A good chef has to be a manager, a businessman and a great cook. To marry all three together is sometimes difficult. "
" A lot of restaurants serve good food, but they don't have very good service. "
" In L.A. you live in a big city, but you feel like you're in the countryside. For example, I can be at home in the swimming pool and be five minutes from everything. "
" You see fewer and fewer chefs who are really big - most stay in shape. "
" Restaurants are like having children: it's fun to make them, maybe, but then you have them for good and bad. You are going to have to raise them and if something goes wrong when they are 30 years old, they will still be your little boy. "
" When I'm in Los Angeles, my wife and I go to the farmers' market with the kids every Sunday. "
" Acting is a very artistic profession and there are thousands of people out there who think they are actors but there are very few who have real talent. "
" I learned more from the one restaurant that didn't work than from all the ones that were successes. "
" It's a myth that generally Asians are mostly vegetarians. The Japanese are the kings of red meat, but it's expensive. The Chinese and Vietnamese love their pork. Many Indians, especially the Muslims, can't live without their lamb. "
" I think the time of the formal dinners is over. "
" Now everybody thinks that once you do Top Chef, then 13 weeks later you're a chef. Nobody wants to learn to cook anymore. "
" Everybody has to put purees underneath everything now. It's like people think we need the steak, and then we need some baby food with it. "
" Italian food is all about ingredients and it's not fussy and it's not fancy. "
" New Yorkers think they have everything, all the best art and music. But really L.A. is a better place. "
" Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors - it's how you combine them that sets you apart. "
" I tell everybody the same thing: You have to make every dish so when you taste it, you should remember it when you go home. "
" I left school when I was 14 to work in kitchens. "