When I was growing up, my mother would always say, 'It will go on your permanent record. ' There was no 'permanent record. ' If there were a 'permanent record,' I'd never be able to be a lawyer. I was such a bum in elementary school and high school. . . There is a permanent record today, and it's called the Internet.
Fear is the strongest driving-force in competition. Not fear of one's opponent, but of the skill and high standard which he represents; fear, too, of not acquitting oneself well. In the achievement of greater performances, of beating formidable rivals, the athlete defeats fear and conquers himself.
It's one thing to execute dishes on your own time for family and friends, but quite another to perform and be judged in a competition. And that's what cooking in a high profile restaurant is. It's a competition. You're up against every other three-star restaurant in your city, and if you want to stay in business, you'd better deliver.