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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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I was able to visit the Chatham Farmers Market this past Saturday morning, with my family. The market allows us to choose the freshest fruits, vegetables and produce, and we build our menus, at home, around what is available each week. I saw that James Laird, Restaurant Serenade, had a table and was giving samples of different items from his menu.   What a great way to expose many different people to your restaurant. Don't be surprised when you see us at the farmers market in Bernardsville next year.
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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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