Chefs Recall Lessons From Their Fathers

17 Jun

With Father’s Day just a few days away, we all have dads on the brain. So with that in mind, we wanted to share this heartwarming (and insightful) article from The author interviewed some wonderful chefs, whose fathers were also in the business, and collected their responses into one post. We shared the first one here – from Cedric Vongerichten – and the rest are available by following this link to the original article.

What lessons have you learned from your father?

The Second Generation: Bocuse, Vongerichten, Forgione and More on Lessons From Their Fathers

Friday, June 17, 2011, by Gabe Ulla

Marc and Larry Forgione [Photo: Melissa Horn]

In honor of Father’s Day, we thought it would be neat to ask folks in the restaurant world with notable fathers also in the business to share a memorable anecdote about their dads. What follows are the stories of the daughter of Ray Vega, as well as the sons of Paul Bocuse, Larry Forgione, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Chris Canlis.


Cedric Vongerichten

Restaurant: Chef de Cuisine at Perry Street, NYC

I remember being at work in the kitchen at Jean Georges Restaurant, and my father clapped his hands and told us all to quiet down. I was annoyed because I didn’t think we were being noisy at all, so I turned to him and said, “You didn’t have to do that, we weren’t making any noise!” He replied, “You weren’t yet, but you were about to.” I’ll never forget that, because it really marked a lesson that Jean-Georges has taught me throughout the years. He has always stressed the importance of working in a quiet kitchen, especially when it’s an open kitchen, since you never want to disturb your guests.


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