Even though I’m not a foodie and not big on going out to restaurants, I still went to Mini-Internship event organized by Samsung with Chef David Burke.
When it comes to mastery of anything there is always something to learn from top people in the industry, no matter what that industry is.
Because at the top it’s not about being a craftsman, a master of a certain skill (Even though that’s where it all starts), it’s about personal, social and business skills one has to master to get to the top.
There are many craftsmen who never make it to the top, no matter how good they are at what they do.
Things I learned today from Top Chef David Burke.
And you’ll never guess what are David’s favorite things to cook and to eat.
For me cooking was like shooting hoops. I couldn’t wait to go back.
I’ve always been an idea guy. Idea is what got me here.
You need to break the rules sometimes. I always asked, “Why not?”
You can’t get good working part time.
It’s amazing what you can get, when you ask. (Ask for opportunities. What’s the worst thing that can happen? If you don’t ask, you’ll get NO every time)
You got to compete with yourself to keep improving.
If I can see another human being doing it. I can do it.
Advertising and marketing is a strength.
When you can take a piglet and make it sexy — that’s a skill.
Value and hospitality will always win over anything else.
I know I work hard, but it never felt like that.
I never wanted to stop doing it [cooking]. I never wanted to change that.
You got to be a good story teller. (Yes, even in a food business. Create a fascinating story with anything you do)
So guess what are David’s favorite things to eat and to cook?
As it turns out, David, in spite of his profession, is a simple guy.
Eggs. — Cooked any way.
Anything whole. David is big on grilling. Family style dinners. Grilled fish big and whole, steak.
And the most important lesson I took away?
Never stop learning!
David is a lifelong learner. He went around the world to learn from different chefs, different cultures, traditions and cooking schools. He’s still learning.
“If someone knows how to do something better — I want to learn it.”