“Fortune favors the bold” ~ Latin proverb attributed to Virgil
I love watching people create things. Almost anything. I appreciate the thought and the care taken when someone begins the process of making, in a very broad sense of the word “making". It doesn’t matter what it is if you put your mind to creating something the world has never seen or experienced or tasted before, you’re “making".
We recently discovered a series on Netflix called The Chef’s Table. (You can see the trailer here.https://youtu.be/qKqj85oo2wI) I think we’ve now seen every episode in both seasons. The documentaries profile the life and work of a few of the top 50 chefs in the world. Wow. If you want to be inspired about making anything this is a great place to start.
I can’t really say that I have a favorite episode, but the 3 that stand out to me are Grant Achatz (Alinea & Next in Chicago) Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn in San Francisco) and Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana in Italy).
Grant Achatz’s story will blow you away. Adversity has not tamed his creativity. You need to see what this chef does with food. Period. I can’t put it into words. It’s not out of the box, but rather (as Pharrell Williams said…) there is no box. Think sugar balloons and a meal full of awe and surprise. You will walk away wanting to approach your work with renewed conviction and passion.
Massimo Bottura’s story is a great example of sticking with your vision and remaining true to your craft. It’s not easy to transform the Italian’s view of food, especially when reinterpreting many of his family’s traditional dishes. Ready to throw in the towel on his dream, his wife pushed him to stick with it another year. It didn’t take the whole year before he was recognized for his creativity and excellence.
Dominique Crenn is the only female chef with two Michelin stars. Her approach to her life and her work and her dedication to the people around her is amazing. She is female in a position of power that operates with grace. Her food is about connecting with people and triggering memories. You will walk away thinking carefully about what you create and how it connects and resonates with others. Dominique Crenn is a master.
The Chef’s Table isn’t really a show you want to binge watch, even though the energy you walk away with is addicting, it’s so nice to be able to think and process the stories of the world’s most renowned chefs. That being said, I’m ready for Season 3. Bring it on, Netflix!