I definitely think there was some overacting on the part of the customers and the wait staff. The people who came in during the shooting were clearly there to have a moment on television, and that's fine.
Just over 800 people were gathered around the cooking stage, all eager to learn about my five-minute flavor cooking. The demonstration had to be done right then and there, in front of everyone.
Mama is slowly getting better. So many people are so fond of her.
You have to stick out the toughness of the business and form relationships with the people in it.
I wanted to share my life story and honor my roots. I am very proud of my family and mother.
Be curious, learn and read as much as you can about food. Don't worry about making money. Focus on learning at various venues before you settle down for a steady position.
Talking up a storm about food is so easy for me, it's second nature.
As a restaurateur, my job is to basically control the chaos and the drama. There's always going to be chaos in the restaurant business.
It's a very, very difficult space to operate in, the restaurant business-it requires a lot of human beings to intersect at just the right place to make it all work out.
At times, it was an incredible blessing to have all the attention; at times it was a logistical nightmare.
Flavor Five is a book with recipes using five ingredients to possibly be cooked in just five minutes. It will be very user-friendly for the home cook on the run.
I was pleasantly surprised after the book came out. It was like, hey, the home team put down a nice score.
There really is a camaraderie among chefs and a willingness to help out whenever we can.
We are offering to the American public a line of delicious Italian-American foods. They will be available through the Internet, shopping networks and national store distribution.
After guest appearances, I got the offer to do the show as the successor of Arthur Schwartz. It's so much fun.