"If Alinea is Cirque du Soleil, Noma is Tristan and Isolde. The technology is the same, the airs and gels and water ovens, but in one case it is being used to dazzle, in the other, to enable a story to be told."
"To me, the fattier the cut, the better the steak. That’s probably why I love rib eyes—because they are the fattiest steaks you could possibly eat. And the gristle is my favorite part! Everyone thinks gristle is this horrible thing and you should stay away from it. They cut it off. But with the honey added to it, it tastes so good, it should be illegal."
"Cleaning sea urchins or anything that would prick your fingers. And then making something like lemon confit – you’d have punctured your skin in about 10 places, and had to work in a highly acidic solution. Not fun."
"What I’ve learned in the past two years is that when people say they’re too busy to cook, it isn’t like when they tell their doctors they exercise three, maybe four times a week. They mean it: they’re too busy to cook, or at least too busy to cook dinner every night of the week before the children go to bed."