” In a lot of ways, a lot of smells that aren’t necessarily edible smell good, and they remind you of certain aspects of food. So making those associations with what smells good or smells a certain way and pairing that with actual edible ingredients is one avenue that we take creatively. “


” Alinea is not the type of restaurant where you go if you’re in a hurry. Really, it’s about enjoying that three-hour block of time and reflecting on the food, having great conversation with your dining companion. “


” It’s not really the life of cooking that’s hard – it’s what you make of it and what level you push yourself to. “


” Part of becoming a little bit older and having the opportunities that I have, you want to start giving back to people who have been influential and helped you along the way. “


” My home kitchen is airy, with a gas stove, a stainless-steel island table in the center and granite countertops. It’s very modest but there’s tons of counter space, so you can slap down three or four cutting boards. “


” There are about 700 flavors that you can smell, but only five you can taste. A lot of times what you’re perceiving as flavor has nothing to do with palette, but it’s more to do with scents. “


” I wish that food trucks could exist here in Chicago like they do in Brooklyn and in New York, where you’re actually cooking off the truck. “


” Growing up as a young kid, I was in a restaurant. So, you know, I always had a very good understanding of the nuances. And in a way, that was a bad thing. Because it kind of programmed me to believe that if you’re going have a restaurant, this is what you need to do, and this is the way it’s going to be run. “


” Ultimately, the perfect meal is when those things come together – circumstance, the food, ambiance, and you’re with the person that you want to be with. “


” Anything that could ever prevent me from achieving a goal, I put in a box, tape it up, throw it over my shoulder. You aim for a goal and attain it. Then you look to the next one. “


” I don’t care if you’re doing haute cuisine or burgers and pizza, just do it right. “


” Whatever it is you’re doing, whether it’s your career or a particular focus, if you’re trying to be the best you can possibly be, then you’ll be putting that pressure on yourself. “



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Part of becoming a little bit older and having the opportunities that I have, you want to start giving back to people who have been influential and helped you along the way.
My home kitchen is airy, with a gas stove, a stainless-steel island table in the center and granite countertops. It
There are about 700 flavors that you can smell, but only five you can taste. A lot of times what you
I wish that food trucks could exist here in Chicago like they do in Brooklyn and in New York, where you
Growing up as a young kid, I was in a restaurant. So, you know, I always had a very good understanding of the nuances. And in a way, that was a bad thing. Because it kind of programmed me to believe that if you
Ultimately, the perfect meal is when those things come together - circumstance, the food, ambiance, and you
Anything that could ever prevent me from achieving a goal, I put in a box, tape it up, throw it over my shoulder. You aim for a goal and attain it. Then you look to the next one.
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Whatever it is you
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