Career turning point. Seeing an article about himself as new kid on the scene in a Vancouver newspaper when he was working at a local restaurant. "I realized I had so much to learn before I should really be seeing my name in the newspaper. By the way, they misspelled my name."
Best gesture by a star chef. "When I told chef Gray Kunz that I wanted to learn how to cook fish, he called Eric Ripert and got me into Le Bernardin. Aside from my parents, that's the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me."
How he got into the restaurant business. "Watching Sesame Street—seeing Grover as a waiter got me interested in cooking. That inspired me to set up a little restaurant in my house. My brothers found that to be hilarious. So I went into the kitchen, so I couldn't see when people ridiculed me. I would play restaurant as a kid. My brothers just couldn't understand it."