Jun 14, 2007|
I was born in 1961 in the United Kingdom. I was the eldest son in a family with three younger brothers.
Whoever says their family or childhood is perfect is bullshitting becuase humans are not perfect.
The less cunning one in the family usually becomes the scapegoat, taking all the blame. That's my brother.
My mom is such a bad cook. She cooks really, really bad.
Aside from "don't open a restaurant," the most important thing I've learned from this business is how to deal with employees.
Boss anyone but not the chefs. You give them crap, they quit on the spot, and you are in deep shit.
I am naughty but I am not bad.
I stole a set of exam papers when I was young. Why not? The opportunity is right there!
No evidence, no guilt. They searched my locker and couldn't find anything except some Playboys.
I am not an arrogant upper class person. I am just plain arrogant.
If I could ask God for one thing, it would be patience.
I say “Listen to me! Do what I say!” a lot but no one can say that back to me.
Rich people are impatient because they never need to wait for anything. Whatever they want, they can have it right away.
There isn't such thing as total democracy. The world will be very lost because no decisions will ever be made.
Every successful boss makes a final decision by themselves and bears all the risks involved.
The major difference between working as an engineer and a chef is that you have three years to build a bridge and you have three minutes to get a dish ready.
People are good at getting others wrong and bad at communicating their messsages right.
Who am I to comment on drugs when my blood is saturated with alcohol and nicotine?
Witnessing my wife give birth to our daughter was not horrifying at all. I cut up a lot of things in the kitchen. That helps.
There is a saying that men learn to cook well when their mothers can’t.
I call myself a "Demon Chef." "Demon" doesn’t mean evil in Chinese culture. To some extent it means naughty, adventurous. OK, it is also hype.
Nothing is too weird to be eaten - not even monkey brains. I don't mind trying some if someone offers it to me.
Savoring the fresh liver of a blowfish is at the top of my wish list. It is illegal, it is toxic, and it paralyzes people just enough not to cause death.
I am a good lover, though I may receive six or seven calls reminding me I am wrong about that.
Women run my life.
I am quite chauvinistic in front of my wife. I love to win. But in reality, my wife, my daughter and my mother boss me around.
I will let my daughter try everything she wants, including all the dumb cosmetics she owns, the guitars she no longer plays, and a bunch of other things.
The two sexes take care of each other. Mothers take care of their sons; and when the sons grow up, they take care of their wives and daughters. It’s a funny cycle.
But things change. We may have a female president coming up in the United States.
Women are stubborn in the way they follow their feelings, senses, intuition or whatever. Men are logical.
My hair is blue - it is my lucky color.
I stand out from the crowd. It is a fact. I want to be identifiable and memorable so my name won’t be buried among the millions of chefs.
Common sense helps. Many people wonder why I wear these feminine earrings? Simple - I've got long hair.
God is more democratic than people think. We usually imagine him like a merciful dictator.
Does life have a purpose? I don’t know. My bet is people have to create a purpose for themselves.
Most people are racist to some degree.
If I were to ask God a question, it would be: Why? (He is supposed to know what I am going to ask anyway.)