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" A good chef has to be a manager, a businessman and a great cook. To marry all three together is sometimes difficult. "
" I learned more from the one restaurant that didn't work than from all the ones that were successes. "
" A chef is a mixture maybe of artistry and craft. You have to learn the craft really to get there. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I left school when I was 14 to work in kitchens. "
" When I'm in Los Angeles, my wife and I go to the farmers' market with the kids every Sunday. "
" I grew up so poor in Austria that we never took a vacation with my family. "
" You see fewer and fewer chefs who are really big - most stay in shape. "
" There's a lot of processed food in America and I know that can make some tourists who're used to fresh food feel sick. "
" Italian food is all about ingredients and it's not fussy and it's not fancy. "
" The most important thing for me is to really buy the best ingredient. "
" I think the time of the formal dinners is over. "
" You know, I never really thought of myself as a 'celebrity.' One of the titles that I like least is 'celebrity chef.' "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" New Yorkers think they have everything, all the best art and music. But really L.A. is a better place. "
" I really love Paris. It's my favorite city. "
" I believe that London is the most exciting food city in Europe. "
" One thing I always say is being a great chef today is not enough - you have to be a great businessman. "
" I like the Japanese knives, I like French knives. Whatever's sharp. "
" I like to be firm. But it is easier to be nice than to be nasty. "
" 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. "
" When you meet someone, ask about what hobby they have, not what they do. People always ask me about cooking, but I prefer to talk about tennis or boxing. "
" It's very important in a restaurant to really do the right hiring because there's no restaurant that you have one cook and one chef and nobody else in the kitchen. Generally you have five, ten, 15 people with you. So that's really important is to train them right, but first you have to hire the right people. "
" A lot of restaurants serve good food, but they don't have very good service. "
" 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 think it's really important to keep on staying motivated. "
" Television in the '80s was very limited. There was no Food Network. "
" 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. "