Don’t be a Michelin Chef…be a happy one


I was on a strategy call with my client, TImeout Specialist, Judy Joseph-McSween and she shared her observation – that there are so many happy/unhappy people.

I remember years ago being told by a psychiatrist that I was a smiling depressed person.

I can relate.

So much of our life is spent in pursuit of…we don’t even really know.

The dream…I guess you can call it – the dream.

I’m watching Andre and his Olive Tree.

On his decision to close his restaurant, Chiang told Fine Dining Lovers;

I was born in Taiwan and have spent the past 30 years cooking, since I was 13. I feel there’s a part missing – I don’t know much about Asia. I hope I will now have more time to understand my own homeland’s produce and culture, and make Asia proud. Asia shouldn’t only have one André, it should have hundreds of them. Why is there only one Chinese chef on the World’s 50 Best list? There should be more talent and great restaurants. I hope I can pass on my knowledge and do something more for China and Taiwan. I feel I have a responsibility rather than something to prove. Restaurant André has nothing to prove.

He made a decision to return his Michelin stars and pursue the essence of life.

There is always uncertainty…

Feeling as if something is missing isn’t just for those just starting out…

He closed Restaurant André in 2018

Chiang’s documentary is presented in eight chapters, inspired by Octaphilosophy – his philosophy which includes the following: pure, salt, artisan, south, texture, unique, memory and terroir.

When I’m working with someone, I am always curious about their big ideas, their personal philosophy. I think it is important to have something that guides you forward. It cannot be contrived. It must come from within.

Asia shouldn’t only have one André

I feel like that about the talent here in Trinidad and Tobago. I believe there’s not one else like you but if perhaps accounting is your art, or maybe microbiology, there is room for more than one.

You have something unique and special that wants to be born through you, and only you can bring it forward.

No one else can create from your perspective or with your unique ability.

Despite what you’ve been told, you can truly be successful in the world by being WHO YOU ARE at every level. There is no secret to success. It’s your job to figure out what works for you.

No one knows what will work for you.

You can get help but no one will ever be more interested in getting it right than YOU. Being successful in business by being YOU requires you to start looking at EVERY part of who you are, not just the parts related to work. It’s simple but not easy.

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