"Cynical food doesn't taste good, and irony is something that is dangerous in food, if it's sort of an ironic riff on something."
"You have to be a romantic to cook well. Essentially, if you're a chef, a good chef, or even a good cook, you're in the pleasure business. You have to have an understanding of what makes people happy and push those buttons."
"There are some cooks who are really very technically accomplished, but you eat their food and it's like 'I don't know whether this guy has ever been laid in his life, I don't know if this guy understands pleasure or making anybody else happy. It's too cerebral.' It's an emotional thing."