- Joined Sep 29, 2015
The question is in the title. How do you think your job, your food affects people? Does it inspire them? Does it make the world a better place? Does it go beyond sustenance and provide a comfort?
How do we know as chefs and restaurateurs that our food is good? Because our dining rooms are filled every night and we stay in business. That's generally the best we can hope for.
People only notice the food we make under 2 conditions. If its very good or if its bad, hopefully, the former. Maybe once in a while, we may receive a personal compliment from a satisfied customer. But, other than that, we just keep doing what we do.
The "inspiration," "making the world a better place" is poetry found only in Hollywood dramas. I have never met a chef in my 40 years in the business whose goal was to make people "sick with longing" by eating their food.
If our dining rooms are filled and we hear the busy sounds and murmurs of happy customers contently munching away on the dishes and delicacies that we prepare, that's what its all about, at least for me it is.