My personal mentor is and has always been Ellis Waters.
And I was working at [UNKNOWN] in Chicago for Rick
Bayless and Ellis Waters came in. So I was cooking
a soft shell crab dish, it was a party of
ten and I was firing the crabs. And sometimes crabs
have air pockets in them, and one of the air
pockets popped as I was moving two pans of five
crabs each From the hot side of the stove to
the cold side of the plate. And they popped in
my eye. But I couldn't drop the crabs. I was
brought to my knees holding the two saute pans. I
couldn't drop them. Somebody came and grabbed them from me.
I was able to get my composure together and plate
the whole dish. She said they were the best softshell
crabs she had ever eaten as well.