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I take a tremendous amount of pride in who I am and how I live my life.  I call it an umbrella policy of pride if you will.  I look for it in the people I hire and the people I work for.  My staff in the kitchen must take pride in being on time, keeping their work area clean, their uniform clean, their knives sharp, pride in those around them and the property they work for.   I am not perfect nor do I expect anyone in life to be perfect.  But I do expect a very high percentage of consistency in myself and those that I work with to stay under the pride umbrella.
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I can vividly remember the day that I chose the path of becoming a chef.  It was the spring of 1991, I was nineteen years old and I had never stepped into a professional kitchen in my life.  I set several goals for myself that day and I can proudly say that eighteen years later I have accomplished everything that I set out to do.  These years have passed incredibly quickly and as I look back one thing has remained true for me.  I have never, not wanted to go to work.  Of course there are those beautiful summer days that I wouldn’t mind spending the day at the beach wit...
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Life without goals has no purpose.  I often joke with people that if I did not have to work for a paycheck, I would live on a remote stretch of beach and fish and surf the days away.  But in all honesty I would last about a week.  Goals give us purpose, something to strive for.  They keep you up at night planning on how to conquer them and they you get you up in the morning so you can start chasing them.  One of the amazing aspects of life in the kitchen is that there are an infinite number of goals to achieve.  Just as you conquer one another arises and the chall...
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