Koffmann on embroidery … and cheese

“When I am working in the kitchen, I never wear a toque. It is something I find slightly pretentious. I feel the same way over the more recent custom of embroidering chefs’ names on their jackets. I find it ridiculous and more than unnecessary to have my name written on me as though I were…

Thomas Keller on cooking and the mundane

“This is the great challenge: to maintain the passion for the everyday routine and the endlessly repeated act, to derive deep gratification from the mundane.” Thomas Keller is an American chef and restaurateur who came to prominence for his acclaimed Napa Valley restaurant, The French Laundry in California.