Thanks to David Snyder and his tweet I watched René Redzepi’s talk at the Terroir Symposium in Toronto. They published it on Eater, but a while later the video was set on private (I will post it, as soon as it’s online again – hopefully). It’s a shame because René’s talk was amazingly inspiring.
For the ones who still don’t know René Redzepi, he is the chef and owner of the best restaurant in the world – NOMA in Copenhagen. It is fantastic just reading about it, following it via the web is incredibly inspring. They are working on a documentation about René Redzepi, NOMA and the whole culture that comes along with it: NOMA, the perfect storm. I am really excited about it.
The talk from Torroir was about René Redzepi burning out, resetting and focussing on the important things. Especially the last two minutes were golden, where he talks about what he likes about food. Basically that’s the way I am living it. And that’s why I transcribed it. Just read it and/or watch the video below. Enjoy:
“And what do I like about food? I can’t answer that question simply, because food is everything. It’s a metaphor for how we interact with the world. On sad moments and on happy moments. It’s a matter for conversation, it’s a transformation of our environment. With food we literally consume light and weather. We are putting the world into our bodies. Food becomes who you are. With food you can repair yourself.
But believe it or not, the reason why I fell in love with cooking has got nothing to do with the lovely magnificent 85 hour work weeks, or the lovely centimeter and a half that I lost of from one of my fingers to the courtesy of a sharp knife.
No, I fell in love with flavor. And what deliciousness, if you allow it to, can do for you. It excites you and it fuels you. It can be a time machine, it fills you with memories. Yeah, yeah, sure, a body doesn’t need it to stay alive, but my mind does. It’s the extra icing on top. It is what makes life fun to live. To me celebrating a well cooked meal, delicious flavors – weither being a taco al pastor on the streets of Mexico, or the ten course elaborate meal or even the perfect cooked chicken from an old yard. That’s the difference between bodily maintenance and real living. Am I ok? Yeah, I am fucking much more than ok.”
It’s all about flavor in life, no only when it comes to food.