You don't need a silver fork to eat good food.
I think the most wonderful thing in the world is another chef. I'm always excited about learning new things about food.
Creole is New Orleans city food. Communities were created by the people who wanted to stay and not go back to Spain or France.
When the taste changes with every bite and the last bite tastes as good as the first, that's Cajun.
One of my missions was to teach.
We trust something in a grocery store and assume it's good. We don't learn about the most precious thing in life-the food we put in our body. Educate yourself!
When I travel I normally eat club sandwiches or I bring my own food. When you go into a new town, it's very had to find a good place to eat.
I don't think life is to be taken too seriously. Take it too seriously, and it'll getcha.
Some people absorb in different ways. I didn't realize until I was 15 years old how much I retained.
One of the problems of our youth is that the family unit is broken up. When we'd sit down to dinner together as a family, we'd learn about each other. We had something people don't get today.
We didn't do wrong things because we didn't want to embarrass our parents.
In '71 or '72 I returned to New Orleans and stayed there. I started cooking Louisiana food. Of all the things I had cooked, it was the best-and it was my heritage.
I would work as a cook, get a little money, then open another restaurant.
What I think and what the world thinks is totally different.
We had no electricity, no gas. Food was probably our greatest entertainment - the most fun thing that we could do was food.
I'm a professional cook. I've worked with other cooks from all over the world, but my family is not that way - they're always lived within 25 miles of my hometown!
My mother would put me on a wooden box at the stove and tell me to call her if certain things would happen. Like if the steam turns blue, that is danger!
I'd like to have the first restaurant that can deliver incredible quality food to your table at your house at any time-right where you live.
The bad part about being recognized is that when I walk into a restaurant and sit down, I've got to eat everything on the plate, whether it's good or bad. People would take it as an insult if I did otherwise.
Cajun is country food by farmers and fisherman that arrived in Louisiana from Acadiana, Canada.
Don't get fancy. Have you cooked an apple pie? You don't know what you did wrong? Do this: Take two or three apples. Put them on a table. Study them.
If you have acid in food, you need to sugar it. At a high temperature, the acids are changed to sugar.
We closed the restaurant in New Orleans and brought the entire staff to San Francisco. But we had to go home.
We're working people, and that's what we like to do, work.
I believe in America. I'm one of those silly flag wavers.
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