I suppose the full circle of life has many aspects to it. In sustainable farming its the circle of life, death and regeneration.In the full circle of parenthood its about caring, nuturing and hoping for the best.
My oldest daughter, who is twenty three now, spend four years in college working hard towards a degree in Classics (the study of ancient Latin and Greek). She graduated with honors and she was the first person in my family ever to attend college. So what does she do. She ends up working in kitchens just like her pop. I suppose I should be frustrated that my daughter spent all those years in school only to end up behind a stove like her dad. But you know how I really feel. Thats right, I am proud as a father can be and excited beyond words to be able to sit back and watch her as she takes her own journey down the road of culinary adventure.
Today I am flying to the east coast to work with her in the kitchen. She was just promoted to Sous Chef and for once in her life my kid will be able to tell me what to do. I am ready and willing to be her loyal prep cook and who knows I might learn something.
I believe that there is nothing more important than helping however I can to foster the next generation of chefs. When I went up the ranks I had to fight tooth and nail for every bit of knowledge, because the chefs I worked with were very guarded about their secrets. Truthfully to me it does not matter if someone gets ahold of one of my techniques or recipies, the fact is unless they have the skill and talent to pull it off, they won’t be able to reproduce them anyway.
The kids these days are cooking with a wonderful energy and enthusiasm and the only thing to do is help foster that drive towards excelence. During the next few days, I will relate my experiences of food and cooking in Philadelphia, where my daugther works and I hope you enjoy.