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.
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!
One of my missions was to teach.
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.
I opened a restaurant that had nothing but California wines.
I opened my own restaurant when I was 17. I went broke, then traveled around the country, learning about different kinds of foods, had three other restaurants that went broke. It didn't all start just a few years ago!
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.
I love people, and I'm excited that I can turn them on.
Have fun. Do something nobody else had done before, or has done since.
I didn't want to do just another set of recipes. I think that's useless.
I wait for the next opportunity to have something to do with food. If I get rested, my mind just starts creating new dishes - click, click, click.
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.
When you've got a great business going, you go open another and take the risk of losing the whole thing. It's fun!
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.
Some people absorb in different ways. I didn't realize until I was 15 years old how much I retained.
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'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!
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