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Food, to me, is always about cooking and eating with those you love and care for. ---->>>

Life's too short to just breeze on by. ---->>>

I look forward to the spring vegetables because the season is so short. Mushrooms, edible foraged herbs, wild leeks, early season asparagus. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

There are many things to admire about Japan but this is the one thing I love the most and probably the only time I eat breakfast. Fish, eggs, soup, salad, veggies; all in the tiniest bites. It's a full meal, but it's so refreshing. ---->>>

Cooking and gardening involve so many disciplines: math, chemistry, reading, history.

Cooking and gardening involve so many disciplines: math, chemistry, reading, history.

I lived across the street from Noodle Bar. I could barely stand it, because you're there all the time; you can't get away. ---->>>

I wanted to disprove the notion that you couldn't open a great restaurant in a casino. ---->>>

Fine dining teaches you how to cook many different things, and it gives you the basic fundamentals, but these specialty restaurants, they're not teaching you the broad foundation you need to become a well-rounded cook. ---->>>

Contemporary ramen is totally different than what most Americans think ramen should be. Ramen is not one thing; there are many, many different types. ---->>>

Don't even get me started. I'm not against all vegetarians. But if you're a vegetarian for ethical reasons, you may be causing more harm. ---->>>

Everyone tries to compare cooks to rock stars. I see more comparisons to the fashion world. ---->>>

If people ask me, 'What do you think could improve in Toronto dining,' I'd say there's nothing to improve on. ---->>>

I was quite cocky, but having been hailed as this great young golfer, I couldn't even make the high school golf team once I got there. I had a big dose of humble pie then, and ever since, I've always known that there is always someone out there better than you, more talented. Always. ---->>>

My dad was in the restaurant business, but I didn't really think about following him. Had I done better at school, I don't know if I would have been a chef.

My dad was in the restaurant business, but I didn't really think about following him. Had I done better at school, I don't know if I would have been a chef.

I love chicken. I love chicken products: fried chicken, roasted chicken, chicken nuggets - whatever. And going to Japan, I would see that these chicken were smoked and then grilled and then have this amazing crispy skin.

I love chicken. I love chicken products: fried chicken, roasted chicken, chicken nuggets - whatever. And going to Japan, I would see that these chicken were smoked and then grilled and then have this amazing crispy skin.

I love to eat sushi, and, you know, those flavors and wasabi and really eating spoonfuls of it... I would just mix it and put it on everything, literally. ---->>>

The Momofuku Culinary Lab started as a space where we could focus on creating and innovating. I didn't want us to worry about working on projects in a restaurant; there are just too many distractions in service and running a kitchen to be able to focus on creating your dishes. ---->>>

Shouldn't a three-course meal be 90 minutes? Do you know how hard you have to edit your menu to pull that off? Twenty-seven minutes. That's the average meal at Jiro's in Tokyo. ---->>>

I really don't care for the proper chef coat. ---->>>

Fear is a driving force for most of the things that I do. I don't know if that's healthy.

Fear is a driving force for most of the things that I do. I don't know if that's healthy.

I learned so much more prepping vegetables than I ever did in cooking school. ---->>>

I'm always criticizing and only see the mistakes. ---->>>

Any processed chicken from any place - I'll order it in a heartbeat. I'm very picky about my pork, though. ---->>>

Before I had my own restaurant, I was never top dog in the kitchen. I've always had a low opinion of myself as a cook. ---->>>

Chef Thomas Keller was an inspiration to me and many, many young cooks like me. He told us that the role of the new, modern chef is different. ---->>>

I constantly think I'm a fraud - that this success is not warranted or justified. ---->>>

I'm not cooking every day anymore, and that's the biggest withdrawal. Cooking is honest work. Now I don't know how to measure myself. ---->>>

New York gives us a wide colour palette to cook from. We have cuisines from around the world, and that lets us pick and choose. ---->>>

The livelihood of the restaurant is dependent upon getting the word out. ---->>>

If you're going to be a vegetarian, limit yourself to food from a place you can go to in two hours and just eat that. ---->>>

The one reason why I got into cooking was because I wasn't good at anything else - not that I was good at it, but it was considered honest work. ---->>>

The process and organization leading up to cooking the egg can tell you a lot about the cook. ---->>>

Yes, natural is good and healthy, and whole foods are important. However, experimentation is important, too. ---->>>

America is a country of abundance, but our food culture is sad - based on huge portions and fast food. Let's stop with the excuses and start creating something better.

America is a country of abundance, but our food culture is sad - based on huge portions and fast food. Let's stop with the excuses and start creating something better.

I feel like I'm losing my ability to understand reality; like when someone loses their hearing, they can still speak English, but their speech eventually becomes distorted because they can't hear themselves. ---->>>

I find that there are a lot of similarities between French and Japanese food. I think they're two countries that have really systemized their cuisine and codified it.

I find that there are a lot of similarities between French and Japanese food. I think they're two countries that have really systemized their cuisine and codified it.

I've never bribed my way into a restaurant. I've never slipped a C-note or greased a palm. In truth, I've never even considered it. I've assumed, of course, that people do such things. ---->>>

Open your refrigerator, your freezer, your kitchen cupboards, and look at the labels on your food. You'll find 'natural flavor' or 'artificial flavor' in just about every list of ingredients. The similarities between these two broad categories are far more significant than the differences. ---->>>

Say a child raises this beautiful beet. It's going to give her a sense of ownership, and that changes everything. You stop taking things for granted; you become less wasteful. ---->>>

I hate to say 'chain restaurant,' but we're sort of a corporation now. How do we defy that concept, where people assume each restaurant can't be good? ---->>>

I think that the Japanese - and I do love Japanese cuisine and adore Japanese food culture - I think that they're going to plow through the entire world's fishing. They're going to eat everything anyways. ---->>>

There's the common misconception that restaurants make a lot of money. It's not true. If you look at maybe the top chef in the world, or at least monetarily, it's like Wolfgang Puck, but he makes as much money as an average crappy investment banker. ---->>>

To me, there are two types of celebrity: there's good celebrity - people that are attracted to the food and working and trying to create something great - and then there's bad celebrity - those who are working on being a celebrity. ---->>>

I appreciate people who are happy. ---->>>

I want to make simple food new. ---->>>

I was terrible at desk jobs. ---->>>

I work so hard that I forget to take care of myself. ---->>>

For everyday diners in Manhattan, cracking the waiting list at Nobu is said to be harder than getting courtside tickets for the Knicks. ---->>>

I don't like eating in restaurants. ---->>>

I doubt I'd ever do television to the extent that, say, Gordon Ramsay has. ---->>>

I like eggs. My favorite way of cooking eggs is old school French. ---->>>

I love the intensity of the fine-dining kitchen, but loathe the fine-dining experience. ---->>>

I think the best restaurants in America should be in California. ---->>>

I'm a big sports fan. ---->>>

I'm grasping with how you do something on a large scale with multiple operations and not have quality decrease. ---->>>

I'm not trying to bring New York to Toronto. I want to understand Toronto better. ---->>>

If people think you are this amazing, own it. ---->>>

If you ask what people say what American cuisine is, they cannot really do it. I don't know what it is. ---->>>

Just because something's been good in the past doesn't mean it will continue to be good. ---->>>

Momofuku is not me. It's everyone. I'm just the facade. We have to exceed expectations and be our harshest critics. ---->>>

One of the benefits to ordering food in New York is that you can get food 24/7. ---->>>

People are trying to figure out what American food is; it's certainly an amalgamation. ---->>>

Running a business anywhere isn't easy. ---->>>

'Tampopo's amazing. I think it's an absolutely fantastic movie, but I don't think it captures for me the meaning of food. ---->>>

Waiting tables has never paid my bills, a fact which I prefer to hide from my colleagues with deep sighs about the price of just about everything. ---->>>

When I first started to cook, I would cook these elaborate meals, but I rarely cook at home now. ---->>>

When I was in Japan, everyone wanted to work for Pierre Gagnaire, and they wouldn't miss a beat. ---->>>

When you meet the farmers and go to the farms, you see that they treat their animals like they're family. It makes a big difference. ---->>>

I think being Shaquille O'Neal would be the most amazing thing. There's nothing I would have done differently in his life. Everything he's done I think is pretty spot on, even, like, the bad rap videos, the shoes, the movies, everything. ---->>>

As a child, I didn't see my dad that much because he was always working at the restaurant. He became pretty jaded after working at the restaurant for so long. ---->>>

Be careful what you wish for - getting to be a successful business and maintaining it is so hard. Anyone can be good one night; being good over several years is incredibly difficult.

Be careful what you wish for - getting to be a successful business and maintaining it is so hard. Anyone can be good one night; being good over several years is incredibly difficult.

Growing up, my dad owned a restaurant in Washington, DC, and food was something I was passionate about. But when I finally got into it, I felt like it was so late in the game; that's why I worked seven days a week at Craft and Mercer Kitchen. I wanted to see how far I could take it.

Growing up, my dad owned a restaurant in Washington, DC, and food was something I was passionate about. But when I finally got into it, I felt like it was so late in the game; that's why I worked seven days a week at Craft and Mercer Kitchen. I wanted to see how far I could take it.

I think the basic thing that home cooks can learn how to do is just season properly... If the home cook realized how little salt they use compared to what's needed, it would make their food taste better. ---->>>

If I have a really bad cook or a bad manager or bad sous-chef, I previously would have fired them or lost my temper. But now I realize that if I'm so right, then I should be able to communicate it so clearly that they get it. ---->>>

In New York, we're always confined with spaces. Our restaurants are difficult to navigate as cooks and to operate. We fight against the buildings we run in New York. ---->>>

People are getting famous now for serving food out of a truck, or for, well, pork buns. I don't know if I'm really pleased to be a part of that. I'm somewhat terrified of what the future holds, especially in America.

People are getting famous now for serving food out of a truck, or for, well, pork buns. I don't know if I'm really pleased to be a part of that. I'm somewhat terrified of what the future holds, especially in America.

People don't think that bread is part of Asian culture or Asian food culture, but it's quite prevalent in Northern China, and you see it throughout Japan and as you go to Taiwan. ---->>>

Why can't it be awesome to work for a food company? Why can't we create an environment where people are trying to push each other to do great things, and we're not trying to steal from anybody - we're trying to be good to our farmers and run an honorable business, if there is such a thing anymore? ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 08-05, 1977
Birthplace: Vienna, Virginia, U.S.
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Occupation: Chef

David Chang (Korean: Chang Seok-ho 장석호; born August 5, 1977) is an American restaurateur, author, and television personality. He is the founder of the Momofuku restaurant group, which includes Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Má Pêche, Milk Bar and Momofuku Ko in New York City, Momofuku Seiōbo in Sydney, Australia, the Momofuku Toronto restaurants Momofuku Noodle Bar (TO), Nikai, Daishō and Shōtō, and Momofuku CCDC in Washington, DC (wikipedia)