My Dad was a very renowned chef, winning best restaurant in Australia as well as three hats. His brother, my uncle had the same awards, so it was
These days chefs and restaurants have cult followings and being famous is a ‘big deal’. My parents disliked famous anything, and so did my uncle and aunt. It was so fantastic being raised by people who valued renown over fame. Being known for being incredible at what you create, and being passionate and dynamic was valued. Being famous and acting like a celebrity was not. When we ate there, my Dad would walk out to sit with us for a bit and people would point and whisper loudly ‘look there he is’. As a result, Dad didn’t come out into the restaurant that much and stayed in the kitchen. Where striving for beauty, perfection, and harmony were his focus, surrounded by other chefs who worked to the same goals. We had
I worked in that restaurant for well over a decade, from
And once you peeled back all the stereotypes and saw everyone as human, it was simply beautiful. I personally think way too much weight these days is placed on being famous, and not enough on what you create. And it’s shifted the focus. So let’s collectively take a stand that famous is fine, but adventuring, changing our minds, refusing to be stereotyped and living as though life was an adventure, is far greater.
Sent with love,