40 Top Chef Quotes

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A quick collection of 40 top chef quotes from some of the finest celebrity chefs, as well as famous chefs from around the world. These are great chefs in their own rights and domain.

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Chef Sayings and Chef Quotes


"Cooking is about passion, so it may look slightly temperamental in a way that it's too assertive to the naked eye." - Gordon Ramsay


"I am not a chef. I am not even a trained or professional cook. My qualification is as an eater." - Nigella Lawson


"Good food and a warm kitchen are what makes a house a home." - Rachael Ray


"Cooking is a subject you can never know enough about. There is always something new to discover." - Bobby Flay


"Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all." - Julia Child


"Anything made with love—bam!—it's a beautiful meal." - Emeril Lagasse


"Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors. It's how you combine them that sets you apart." - Wolfgang Puck


"Food brings people together on many different levels. It's nourishment of the soul and body; it's truly love." - Giada De Laurentiis


"Real food doesn't have ingredients. Real food is ingredients." - Jamie Oliver


"Cooking and baking are both physical and mental therapy." - Mary Berry

Best Chef Quotes

Best chef quote
Best chef quote


"Cooking is an observation-based process that you can't do if you're so completely focused on a recipe." - Alton Brown


"The best thing you can do for someone is make them a beautiful plate of food." - Padma Lakshmi


"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


"We're hoping to succeed; we're okay with failure. We just don't want to land in between." - David Chang


"We go through our careers and things happen to us. Those experiences made me what I am." - Thomas Keller


"If you want to become a great chef, you have to work with great chefs. And that's exactly what I did." - Gordon Ramsay


"I always say that I don't believe I'm a chef. I try to be a storyteller." - Jose Andrés


"There are many times in my life, when I could've thrown in the towel. Many times in my life when I was on the floor. And when you're on the floor, never allow anybody to pick you up. It doesn't matter how long you stay there, make sure you pick yourself up and dust yourself down. Whatever happens, whether you go home today or you don't go home today, that's irrelevant. What's relevant, is you take the knowledge from the experience and you grow as a person." - Marco Pierre White


"Although the skills aren't hard to learn, finding the happiness and finding the satisfaction and finding fulfillment in continuously serving somebody else something good to eat, is what makes a really good restaurant." - Mario Batali


"My philosophy from day one is that I can sleep better at night if I can improve an individual’s knowledge about food and wine, and do it on a daily basis." - Emeril Lagasse

Chef Quotes of The Day

Chef Quotes of The Day
Chef Quotes of The Day


"I tell a student that the most important class you can take is technique. A great chef is first a great technician. 'If you are a jeweler, or a surgeon or a cook, you have to know the trade in your hand. You have to learn the process. You learn it through endless repetition until it belongs to you." - Jacques Pepín


"Being involved, learning firsthand and observing the craft and absorbing all you can, makes it easier to define what you want. It will also ultimately make you a better Chef. Culinary school, or even a single class, is a great bet too." - Giada De Laurentiis


"A great restaurant doesn't distinguish itself by how few mistakes it makes but by how well they handle those mistakes." - Danny Meyer


"To me, there's no great chef without a great team." - Daniel Boulud


"I think every chef, not just in America, but across the world, has a double-edged sword - two jackets, one that's driven, a self-confessed perfectionist, thoroughbred, hate incompetence and switch off the stove, take off the jacket and become a family man." - Gordon Ramsay


"You don't go to school to become the best chef in the world right after you graduate. School is always a starting point so what people forget is that you go to school to build a foundation, and you want to build a foundation that's not going to crumble." - Roy Yamaguchi


"I've been a cook all my life, but I am still learning to be a good chef. I'm always learning new techniques and improving beyond my own knowledge because there is always something new to learn and new horizons to discover." - Jose Andrés


"I think to be a great chef you have to be a great teacher. I love doing classes with people who love food and enjoy food, bringing them all around one table so to speak." - Michael Symon


"When you have made as many mistakes as I have then you can be as good as me." - Wolfgang Puck


"To eat well, I always disagree with critics who say that all restaurants should be fine dining. You can get a Michelin star if you serve the best hamburger in the world." - David Chang

Famous Chef Quotes

Famous Chef Quotes
Famous Chef Quotes


"When I was 26, 27 years old I was running a kitchen in New York, and I was a raving lunatic. The older you get, you figure out you don't need to do that. You realize at a certain point, there's a certain gravity to what you say and what you do. If that's not enough, all the yelling in the world is not going to matter." - Tom Colicchio


"Techniques are not the most difficult to teach. The attitudes chefs take are much more important." - Alain Ducasse


"Once you decide on your occupation... you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That's the secret of success... and is the key to being regarded honorably." - Jiro Ono


"The duty of a good cuisinier is to transmit to the next generation everything he has learned and experienced." - Fernand Point


"I think all chefs who pursue great flavor have good ethics." - Dan Barber


"As chefs, we cook to please people, to nourish people." - Jose Andres


"Japanese chefs believe our soul goes into our knives once we start using them. You wouldn't put your soul in a dishwasher!" - Masaharu Morimoto


"I would much rather be a chef who remembers I am a cook then a cook that thinks I am a chef." - Richard Peterson


"In any restaurant of this caliber, the chefs are in the same position, building relationships." - Thomas Keller


"Anybody can make you enjoy the first bite of a dish, but only a real chef can make you enjoy the last." - Francois Minot

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