F&W's #FOODWINEWOMEN series spotlights the top women in food and drink in collaboration with Toklas Society. In this Monday series, inspiring chefs and entrepreneurs prove that mistakes can often lead to success. Share your craziest mistakes and sharpest lessons using the hashtag on Twitter (@foodandwine), and you could be featured next.
When I sat down to write about mistakes that have led to my success, I had a much tougher time coming up with them than I'd expected. Heck, I am sure I’ve made hundreds of mistakes! Thing is, I often don’t look at them that way. Take my personal life: I bought a house without being present for the final walkthrough. Result? A house with mold in the basement. Could I have caught it if I was there? Perhaps. (The rug covering it was pretty obvious.) But if I had been there, we probably would not have bought the house, which we have now made into our home in a neighborhood that we love. So you see, it is tough for me to look back at that as a mistake.