What makes a great chef?
Question: What makes a great chef?
David Chang: Wow. I think a great chef is somebody that inspires his team and continues to push the envelope cooking wise while maintaining the integrity of the culinary tradition that came before him or her.
Question: How is that different from a great cook?
David Chang: Being a great chef and being a great cook are completely two different things. A cook sometimes is a better cook than the chef. The chef ,you want to be the best in the kitchen at everything, and traditionally that’s the case.
But there comes a point where the chef is sort of removed from cooking on a day-to-day basis sometimes, and a great cook doesn’t always translate to being a great chef. I think that’s the thing.
For whatever reason, you need the intangibles now. It’s a lot more difficult now, I think, to be a chef because of the media pressures, working the PR, knowing what to say, managing people again, running a restaurant, finances.
There’s so many things involved now that it wasn’t before. None of these. You didn’t need these traits, to be a great chef, say, 20 years ago. And now you need to have an assortment of skills and wear many hats, and sometimes it’s really difficult.
"Being a great chef and being a great cook are completely two different things."
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A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.
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- Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
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The Harvard psychologist loves reading authors' rules for writing. Here are his own.
- Steven Pinker is many things: linguist, psychologist, optimist, Harvard professor, and author.
- When it comes to writing, he's a student and a teacher.
- Here's are his 13 rules for writing better, more simply, and more clearly.
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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