08 Jun Au revoir…Chef Anthony Bourdain.
What makes a CHEF?
A chef dedicates their life to a passion, a purpose and has an unwavering dedication to the divine art form called Culinary Arts!
What makes a GREAT CHEF?
A great chef takes that passion, purpose and unwavering dedication combined with everything he or she has achieved and stays HUMBLE!
When I decided to make that commitment some 20 years ago to become a TRUE chef, (while attending two culinary schools… Epicurean, Los Angeles, CA and Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy, Paris France) I sought to follow some of the greats in the culinary profession as mentors. I had the passion for nothing else in this world but to become a CHEF. I followed the life and cooking styles of chefs Nigella Lawson, Marcus Samuelsson, Wolfgang Puck and Anthony Bourdain in their culinary journey and made it my own. Over the years I eventually had the opportunity to work with Wolfgang Puck for several years, but have yet to work with the other super chefs. Lawson and Samuelsson I appreciated because their culinary styles were so different, unique and refreshing to the world of good food. Bourdain I respected because of his rawness and realness to the game. Over the decades, it was Anthony Bourdain that gave me the culinary assurance to allow MY creative style to shine, rock on and stay humble while growing in culinary greatness. From reading his best selling cookbook… “Kitchen Confidential…Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly” to his first food and world travel show…”A Cook’s Tour” to his Travel Channel culinary adventure program…”No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown” I watched, listened and learned as this magnetic chef of great knowledge, purpose and passion set the tone for a new generation of chefs like myself to shine their light and shine it bright. He’s inspired me to march to the beat of my own drum with my own webseries “Chase N Flavors.” There’s a world of people and food out there that should be explored and respected. Bourdain was cool, a TRUE chef, a rock star, down to earth and stayed humble. To me he will always be a great chef with the heartbeat of what life is really about…food, music and parts unknown.
See you one day in heaven Bourdain…humbly at the chefs table with a guitar in one hand and a Bourbon in the other. True artist…extraordinaire!