This weekend chefs from 20 countries gathered in Milan for the final S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 competition. And with an international panel of esteemed judges like Jordi Roca, Massimo Bottura, Gaston Acurio and Grant Achatz the desire to showcase talent was high.
Yet this year on opening day, rather than being one of the first through the doors, I sat home on my couch, feeling anything but inspired. Then my phone chimed the sound of a text coming through, a friend who always flies in for StarChefs.
Believing, as does Chef Achatz, that children should experience fine dining and dining out in general, we made it a habit to bring our sons with us, whether pizzeria, diner or restaurant, and have been since they were born.
This past year training and representing my country as the Bocuse d'Or candidate has been one of the most exciting of my life. It fostered an enormous sense of pride and community at The Greenbrier, allowed me to grow as a person and a chef.
Friday nights can become more than the end of the week. They can be transformed into evenings dedicated to bringing people together, sharing meals and gratitudes, creating memories and community, savoring every bite, every minute together, around the table.