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" Cooking is about passion, so it may look slightly temperamental in a way that it's too assertive to the naked eye. "
" If I relaxed, if I took my foot off the gas, I would probably die. "
" I still love football, though, and I think cooking is like football. It's not a job, it's a passion. When you become good at it, it's a dream job and financially you need never to worry. Ever. "
" It's vulgar, coming from where I do, to talk about money. "
" The problem with Yanks is they are wimps. "
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" I think every chef, not just in America, but across the world, has a double-edged sword - two jackets, one that's driven, a self-confessed perfectionist, thoroughbred, hate incompetence and switch off the stove, take off the jacket and become a family man. "
" I suppose your security is your success and your key to success is your fine palate. "
" We are about creating a new wave of talent. We are the Manchester United of kitchens now. Am I playing full-time in the kitchen? I am a player-coach. "
" If you want to become a great chef, you have to work with great chefs. And that's exactly what I did. "
" When you cook under pressure you trade perfection. "
" Chefs are nutters. They're all self-obsessed, delicate, dainty, insecure little souls and absolute psychopaths. Every last one of them. "
" I was a naturally aggressive left-back, a cut-throat tackler. "
" I'm quite a chauvinistic person. "
" When you're a chef, you graze. You never get a chance to sit down and eat. They don't actually sit down and eat before you cook. So when I finish work, the first thing I'll do, and especially when I'm in New York, I'll go for a run. And I'll run 10 or 15k on my - and I run to gain my appetite. "
" I won't let people write anything they want to about me. "
" There's a bond among a kitchen staff, I think. You spend more time with your chef in the kitchen than you do with your own family. "
" I didn't get depressed, I don't get depressed. "
" I want my kids to see me as Dad, for God's sake, not a television personality. "
" The pressure on young chefs today is far greater than ever before in terms of social skills, marketing skills, cooking skills, personality and, more importantly, delivering on the plate. So you need to be strong. Physically fit. So my chefs get weighed every time they come into the kitchen. "
" There is a level of snobbery and fickleness in L.A. "
" I'd like to think I'm a great teacher. "
" My father was a swim teacher. We used to swim before school, swim after school. "
" Swearing is industry language. For as long as we're alive it's not going to change. You've got to be boisterous to get results. "
" I came up from a difficult background. "
" I mean, families are weird. "
" No one saw the recession coming. "
" I shoot from the hip. "
" I don't like looking back. I'm always constantly looking forward. I'm not the one to sort of sit and cry over spilt milk. I'm too busy looking for the next cow. "
" I'm not critic-proof, and I still take it personally, but I take it less personally now. "
" When you find a guy who is powerful, a big father figure, you latch onto him immediately. "
" I act on impulse and I go with my instincts. "