David Chang is a Korean-American chef who is known for his unique combination of Asian food and French technique. After graduating Trinity College, Chang worked briefly in the financial services before embarking upon his career as a chef. Chang attended the French Culinary Institute and opened his first restaurant, Momofuku Noodle Bar, in Manhattan's East Village in 2003. Momofuku proved a resounding success; food critics as well as customers loved the restaurant's signature dishes, such as the Asian burrito and the kimchi and pork consomme.
In 2006, Chang opened his a second restaurant, Momofuku Ssam Bar. Chang was honored as both GQ and Bon Appetit's 2007 Chef of the Year. Chang is unapologetic about his food. "We do not serve vegetarian-friendly items," Chang has said. "Vegetarians are a pain in the ass as customers."
Question: What should we be asking ourselves?
David Chang: I think a question everyone should be asking; it’s funny. This is a question I get a lot now because they’re like, “Oh David, it seems like you figured out what you want to do.” Everyone’s like, “I’m so unhappy with my job. I want to cook.”
The question you should ask yourself is, “Am I happy?”
Am I happy all the time? No. But do what you want to do. I go back to it. You’re going to be dead. You have a very finite time on this earth, and no one’s going to care about what you do. No one in Bosnia cares about what you’re doing, or in China cares about what you’re doing as long as you don’t become, you know, Pol Pot or, you know, _______.
Do whatever you want. I think that’s the thing. It’s again, cliché; it’s like do something you like to do. I only say that because it’s like recently I’ve been inundated with that question. “Give me advice.”
I don’t know myself. I’m just trying to figure it out too.
But I think you should constantly ask yourself like, “Is this what I want to be doing with my life? Am I happy with it?”