Philosophy in the Kitchen

“When you acknowledge, as you must, that there is no such thing as perfect food, only the idea of it, then the real purpose of striving toward perfection becomes clear: to make people happy, that is what cooking is all about.”
Thomas Keller (The French Laundry Cookbook)

by Ed, 5:52pm

I love this quote and it’s something I like to show to cooks, staff, anyone who becomes part of our team.  We’re in a service industry, and I truly believe that we’re only just line-cooks or waiters shlocking out food if we allow ourselves to fall under that mentality.  It’s important to take pride in your work, and know that when you put your heart into your craft, people know.

When I’m in the kitchen working the line, I like to say  “You gotta give it some love, they can taste it”, and although that might sound cheesy to some, I really believe it. What I also hope to communicate is that as important as the customer is, it’s just as important that we  as servers, hosts, and cooks can taste and feel the love we put into our product, because when you’re able to achieve that, not only is the customer happy, but we’re happy.



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3 responses to “Philosophy in the Kitchen

  1. foodiekygrl

    After running our restaurant in Louisville for over a year now, I realize just how TRUE this post is. We’ve had some great people in our restaurant who clearly love what they do and although it’s subtle – it makes a huuuuge difference in the outcome of both the service and food. It’s that extra care and love that can take a dish from mediocre to outstanding. I can’t wait to try the food at Ruxbin. Open soon, please!

  2. sarah

    hey eddie,
    long time no talk!:) how have you been? i hear updates about you guys from sunny every now and then…most recently, she told me about your new location—how exciting! i enjoyed reading this post—-reminded me of your many delicious creations! sunny and i reminisced about the many occasions you and vicki opened up your home for such great times of food & fellowship! remember the time you taught us how to make the BEST pizza from scratch? sunny brought that up just yesterday….:)

    hope to catch up with you guys soon…

    in His grace,

    • Ed

      Hey Sarah,
      Good to hear from you. I miss those house parties in Los Angeles, and everyone at IBC to. Are you still in Los Angeles? I hope everything is going well, make sure to subscribe to our email list, it means a lot to us knowing that our friends and family are reading up on us and showing support. Give me a call anytime if you want to catch up. =)

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