93+ Best Chef Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Inspirational chef quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

Famous Chef Quotes

Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors it’s how you combine them that sets you apart. – Wolfgang Puck

The duty of a good cuisinier is to transmit to the next generation everything he has learned and experienced. – Fernand Point

We go through our careers and things happen to us. Those experiences made me what I am. – Thomas Keller

Cook more often. Don’t study; just cook. – Masaharu Morimoto

Although the skills aren’t hard to learn, finding the happiness and finding the satisfaction and finding fulfillment in continuously serving somebody else something good to eat, is what makes a really good restaurant. – Mario Batali

No rules. Don’t be afraid to do whatever you want. Cooking doesn’t have to have rules. I don’t like it that way. – Masaharu Morimoto

If you want to become a great chef, you have to work with great chefs. And that’s exactly what I did. – Gordon Ramsay

I think all chefs who pursue great flavor have good ethics. – Dan Barber

Remember, it is never the knife’s fault. – Daniel Boulud

I always say that I don’t believe I’m a chef. I try to be a storyteller. – Jose Andrés

I think every chef, not just in America, but across the world, has a double edged sword two jackets, one that’s driven, a self-confessed perfectionist, thoroughbred, hate incompetence and switch off the stove, take off the jacket and become a family man. – Gordon Ramsay

It’s okay to play with your food. – Emeril Lagasse

Don’t try to be the next Rachael Ray or Bobby Flay, we already have those people. We want someone who is going to make their own mark on Food Network. – Bobby Flay

There are many times in my life, when I could’ve thrown in the towel. Many times in my life when I was on the floor. And when you’re on the floor, never allow anybody to pick you up. It doesn’t matter how long you stay there, make sure you pick yourself up and dust yourself down. Whatever happens, whether you go home today or you don’t go home today, that’s irrelevant. What’s relevant, is you take the knowledge from the experience and you grow as a person. – Marco Pierre White

Working in a restaurant means being part of a family, albeit usually a slightly dysfunctional one. Nothing is accomplished independently. – Joe Bastianich

We may live without poetry, music and art; We may live without conscience, and live without heart; We may live without friends; we may live without books; But civilized man cannot live without cooks. – Edward Bulwer-Lytton

If you don’t follow your dream, who will? – Emeril Lagasse

The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star. – Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Initially let your food do the talking. You’ll be surprised how far you go in a short period of time. – Gordon Ramsay

If you’re not the one cooking, stay out of the way and compliment the chef. – Michael Strahan

I believe it’s a cook’s moral obligation to add more butter given the chance. – Michael Ruhlman

Although the skills aren’t hard to learn, finding the happiness and finding the satisfaction and finding fulfillment in continuously serving somebody else something good to eat, is what makes a really good restaurant. – Mario Batali

Chefs have a new opportunity – and perhaps even an obligation – to inform the public about what is good to eat, and why. – Rene Redzepi

Chefs are leaders in their own little world. – Eric Ripert

There’s no bigger pain anywhere in the world than a vegetarian. – Gordon Ramsay

As chefs, we cook to please people, to nourish people. – Jose Andres

The kitchen really is the castle itself. This is where we spend our happiest moments and where we find the joy of being a family. – Mario Batali

My philosophy from day one is that I can sleep better at night if I can improve an individual’s knowledge about food and wine, and do it on a daily basis. – Emeril Lagasse

It’s not about perfection; it’s about the joy of striving. – Thomas Keller

Japanese chefs believe our soul goes into our knives once we start using them. You wouldn’t put your soul in a dishwasher! – Masaharu Morimoto

I believe that there is always something new to learn, in fact, that is one of the three reasons that I chose to become a chef, that my education is never over. – Anne Burrell

A burnt and experienced hands are more important than the vessels in the kitchen. – Nikita Dudani

A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe. – Thomas Keller

I tell a student that the most important class you can take is technique. A great chef is first a great technician. ‘If you are a jeweler, or a surgeon or a cook, you have to know the trade in your hand. You have to learn the process. You learn it through endless repetition until it belongs to you. – Jacques Pepín

I always say that I don’t believe I’m a chef. I try to be a storyteller. – Jose Andres

In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude. – Julia Child

Food is a necessary component to life. People can live without Renoir, Mozart, Gaudi, Beckett, but they cannot live without food. – Grant Achatz

Desserts are like mistresses. They are bad for you. So if you are having one, you might as well have two. – Alain Ducasse

I would much rather be a chef who remembers I am a cook then a cook that thinks I am a chef. – Richard Peterson

The way you make an omelet reveals your character”. – Anthony Bourdain

What you feel like eating at any given moment is what you should have. – Ferran Adria

Being involved, learning firsthand and observing the craft and absorbing all you can, makes it easier to define what you want. It will also ultimately make you a better Chef. Culinary school, or even a single class, is a great bet too. – Giada De Laurentiis

Friendly with your staff, your guests, and yourself. – Will Gilson

To me, there’s no great chef without a great team. – Daniel Boulud

If an architect makes a mistake, he grows ivy to cover it. If a doctor makes a mistake, he covers it with soil. If a cook makes a mistake, he covers it with some sauce and says it is a new recipe. – Paul Bocuse

Cooking is the ultimate giving. – Jamie Oliver

A great restaurant doesn’t distinguish itself by how few mistakes it makes but by how well they handle those mistakes. – Danny Meyer

Nine out of ten English chefs have their names on their chests. Who do they think they are? They’re dreamers. They’re jokes. Just ask yourself how many chefs in this country have Michelin stars and how many have their names on their jackets. We all wear blue aprons in my kitchen because we’re all commis. We’re all still learning. – Marco Pierre White

Often, admiring a chef and getting to know him is like loving goose liver and then meeting the goose. – George Lang

To me, there’s no great chef without a great team. – Daniel Boulud

If it doesn’t taste good it doesn’t go on the menu. – Heston Blumenthal

A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness. – Elsa Schiaparelli

I think every chef, not just in America, but across the world, has a double-edged sword – two jackets, one that’s driven, a self-confessed perfectionist, thoroughbred, hate incompetence and switch off the stove, take off the jacket and become a family man. – Gordon Ramsay

I would love to date a chef. I’d probably get really fat, but I don’t care. – Elizabeth Olsen

You don’t go to school to become the best chef in the world right after you graduate. School is always a starting point so what people forget is that you go to school to build a foundation, and you want to build a foundation that’s not going to crumble. – Roy Yamaguchi

A good cook is the peculiar gift of the gods. He must be a perfect creature from the brain to the palate, from the palate to the finger’s end. – Walter Savage Landor

Chef’ doesn’t mean that you’re the best cook, it simply means ‘boss.’ – Tom Colicchio

I’ve been a cook all my life, but I am still learning to be a good chef. I’m always learning new techniques and improving beyond my own knowledge because there is always something new to learn and new horizons to discover. – Jose Andrés

In any restaurant of this caliber, the chefs are in the same position, building relationships. – Thomas Keller

I think to be a great chef you have to be a great teacher. I love doing classes with people who love food and enjoy food, bringing them all around one table so to speak. – Michael Symon

I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food. — W.C. Fields

Being involved, learning firsthand and observing the craft and absorbing all you can, makes it easier to define what you want. It will also ultimately make you a better Chef. Culinary school, or even a single class, is a great bet too. – Giada De Laurentiis

The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude. — Julia Child

When you have made as many mistakes as I have then you can be as good as me. – Wolfgang Puck

Oh, I adore to cook. It makes me feel so mindless in a worthwhile way. — Truman Capote

I think the most wonderful thing in the world is another chef. I’m always excited about learning new things about food. – Paul Prudhomme

I think preparing food and feeding people brings nourishment not only to our bodies but to our spirits. Feeding people is a way of loving them, in the same way that feeding ourselves is a way of honoring our own createdness and fragility. — Shauna Niequist

To eat well, I always disagree with critics who say that all restaurants should be fine dining. You can get a Michelin star if you serve the best hamburger in the world. – David Chang

Cooking requires confident guesswork and improvisation — experimentation and substitution, dealing with failure and uncertainty in a creative way. — Paul Theroux

No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing. – Julia Child

When I was 26, 27 years old I was running a kitchen in New York, and I was a raving lunatic. The older you get, you figure out you don’t need to do that. You realize at a certain point, there’s a certain gravity to what you say and what you do. If that’s not enough, all the yelling in the world is not going to matter. – Tom Colicchio

No great pastry chef has sweet teeth. – Morley Safer

Invest in what’s real. Clean as you go. Drink while you cook. Make it fun. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It will be what it will be. — Gwyneth Paltrow

Techniques are not the most difficult to teach. The attitudes chefs take are much more important. – Alain Ducasse

I want them to bite into a cookie, and think of me, and smile. Food is love. Food has a power. I knew it in my mind, but now I know it in my heart.—Jael McHenry

Anybody can make you enjoy the first bite of a dish, but only a real chef can make you enjoy the last. – Francois Minot

A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe. — Thomas Keller

Once you decide on your occupation… you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success… and is the key to being regarded honorably. – Jiro Ono

Chef’ doesn’t mean that you’re the best cook, it simply means ‘boss.’ – Tom Colicchio

Stop taking things personally.” Gordon Ramsay

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. — Harriet Van Horne

You’re getting to know who the great chefs are through their books. – Thomas Keller

You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces, just good food from fresh ingredients. — Julia Child

If you want to become a great chef, you have to work with great chefs. And that’s exactly what I did. – Gordon Ramsay

I’d like to think I’m a great teacher.” Gordon Ramsay

Cooking and shopping for food brings rhythm and meaning to our lives. — Alice Waters

Cooking is at once one of the simplest and most gratifying of the arts, but to cook well one must love and respect food. — Craig Claiborne

I call all chefs cooks. They’re all cooks. That’s what we do, we cook. You’re a chef when you’re running a kitchen. – Tom Colicchio

I act on impulse and I go with my instincts.” Gordon Ramsay

.Cooking is not difficult. Everyone has taste, even if they don’t realize it. Even if you’re not a great chef, there’s nothing to stop you understanding the difference between what tastes good and what doesn’t. — Gerard Depardieu

Techniques are not the most difficult to teach. The attitudes chefs take are much more important. – Alain Ducasse

People want honest, flavourful food, not some show-off meal that takes days to prepare. — Ted Allen

Until I discovered cooking, I was never really interested in anything. – Julia Child

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