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PIERRE GAGNAIRE TALKS: “WE’RE OBSESSED WITH THE SUPERFICIAL”

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Mr. Gagnaire, which is more important: cooking with your head or cooking with your heart?

That’s a bit of a loaded question, isn’t it? Of course, your heart passes through your mind. Cooking with your head is mechanical, calculating, thinking about trends, thinking about what the audience will like. Cooking with your heart has no ulterior motives. Of course I cook with sales in mind. I would go bankrupt if I didn’t.

And you are speaking from experience. Despite having two Michelin-starred restaurants in the early ’90s, you soon declared bankruptcy and had to close both.

That was a deeply moving moment in my life. It closed an important chapter of my young life – the rough draft was done – and once I restarted I approached it like I was finally going to write the real book. I used that experience to produce my truth, my culinary truth. I had reached maturity.

It must have worked. You currently operate 12 restaurants in 9 different countries and many of them have two or three Michelin stars each. What lesson did you take away from that experience?

The lesson in this case is that cooking is a business. It can’t just be about having your name mentioned in the papers, it’s not enough. The artistry of it is not enough. We talk a lot about the art of it, the artist, but I have so much respect for the guys who are making this a business. Those are the real heroes. The businessmen who are creating jobs and opportunity, those people interest me even more than the artists.

Yamashita vegetable salad with kyuri cucumber, kikka, edamame and shiso
Yamashita vegetable salad with kyuri cucumber, kikka, edamame and shisoPhoto by Jacques Gavard

What makes a chef an artist?

An artist is someone who has a vision that is different from everyone else’s. He’s able to understand that the smallest detail can change everything – whether that’s in painting or writing or what have you. For example, there are journalists and there are writers. They are not the same thing. A journalist writes down the facts. The difference is in the perspective; it’s completely different. An artist has a completely different relationship with the universe. Ferran Adrià. He’s an artist. But there’s very few! It is rare. There are very few real artists.

Are you an artist?

Well, it’s not really my problem. I don’t concern myself with whether or not I’m an artist. I know what I am, I know how I work, I know my weaknesses and my strengths. It’s not my job to analyze which category I’m in. It was never my goal to earn Michelin stars. I love food. Simple as that. This project is a project of emotions that I’m trying to infuse in every plate by cooking with quality, affection, love, integrity, honesty. The stars are a consequence of who I am, what I do, and how I do it.

Do you feel challenged by your Michelin stars?

Definitely. Of course. They encourage a discussion about my food. We are all a direct reflection of our stars! It holds us to a certain standard, and we’re forced to live up to it and that is certainly a challenge. The existence of Michelin in certain towns and cities breeds energy, it gives people incentive to work harder. Competition makes people want to work! We want the gold medal, you know?

Do you remember when you first became passionate about cooking?

There wasn’t really a “first interest” in that sense. I became interested after years of practicing and being in the kitchen. I was maybe 25 or 26 when I understood that cooking can be a real means of communication, and of course, a real means to creating emotions. I love creating emotions. Emotions make life colorful; emotions make life beautiful or tragic.

Food can be very emotional. Chef Homaro Cantu once said, “Most of us have fond memories of food from our childhood. Whether it was our mom’s homemade lasagna or a memorable chocolate birthday cake, food has a way of transporting us back to the past.” Which food transports you to the past?

For me it’s a certain chocolate biscotti that my grandmother used to make. It makes me think of vacationing at my grandmother’s house in the country, in an area that was very rural and calm. It’s very much tied to thoughts of family.

Do you think it’s possible for one’s judgment of something like that to ever truly be separated from the memories and emotions we associate with it?

There’s always that deception, you’re right. Yesterday, for example, I tasted this little hazelnut candy made by this chocolate company that I loved when I was younger. It was some kind of nougat thing and I remember when I was a kid I loved it. It was such a treat! Yesterday, I tried it again and I just found it too sweet, too heavy, and all around not very good. (Laughs) My body has evolved, I guess. I used to drink nothing but sparkling water, too, and now I have one glass and I don’t feel well. The body evolves, and our metabolism evolves. It’s normal.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Ah, well there’s a lot of weird stuff in China. But the most bizarre thing I’ve ever eaten is… the front right paw of a bear. Bears apparently sleep on their right foot, so it’s much more tender and silky than the others.

Really?

I didn’t notice whether it was tender or not – it didn’t taste very good! But tradition says that the front right paw is the most supple. It was in Russia. It’s strange, but no more strange than eating an ostrich or a pig, or what have you.

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Top 10 Quotes From Elon Musk’s Genius

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Regardless of whether we’re discussing on the web instalments, science, innovation or space travel, the name Elon Musk should fly up in your psyche.

Alluded to as the Nikola Tesla of our age, Elon Musk is a business person, business head honcho, speculator, designer, and innovator. This person unquestionably knows his way with cash. He turned into a multimillionaire in his late 20s when he sold his first new business, Zip2.

The founder of SolarCity, Tesla, and SpaceX trusts in humankind and needs to change the world, and this isn’t merely pie in the sky considering. The man is really taking a shot at lessening an unnatural weather change and building up a human settlement on Mars to forestall human elimination. What more verification do you have to trust that all that you decided is conceivable?

Here are 11 Elon Musk quotes to influence you to begin taking a shot at your fantasies, regardless of how unimaginable they may appear to be at present.

When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.

It is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.

The first step is to establish that something is possible then probability will occur.

Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.

I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.

Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.

If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it’s not.

Life is too short for long-term grudges.

I take the position that I’m always to some degree wrong, and the aspiration is to be less wrong.

People should pursue what they’re passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else.

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Top 5 Things We Picked From Cristiano Ronaldo’s Interview

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Cristiano Ronaldo has opened up about his life in his most cosy meeting to date with The Players’ Tribune.

The Real Madrid forward talks about everything from his first football memory, to his most significant minute in the game, and each inclination he had in the middle.

He additionally discusses his family, the two his folks who helped him achieve the highest point of the diversion, and his child, who helped him value the most important things throughout everyday life.

Underneath we have select five intriguing applies from the long meeting – 5 things you’ll certainly be intrigued to find out about the Portuguese.

Ronaldo played football on the roads… among cars.

Each adolescent has a type of memory of playing on concrete, regardless of whether it’s merely booting a ball against a check.

In any case, as indicated by future four-time Ballon d’Or champ Ronaldo, he used to play in the street, while autos were driving past. Thank the ruler there were no mishaps, eh?

He wasn’t prepared to leave home and battled at Sporting Lisbon.

Ronaldo appears to be the most satisfied person on the planet, yet at 11 years old he didn’t feel prepared to leave home for the Portuguese capital.

As per the man himself he battled at the Sporting Lisbon institute and was exceptionally achy to visit the family, just observing his folks once like clockwork. Luckily he stuck it out, and things showed signs of improvement.

He understood he was unique at the Academy.

It likely didn’t come as a lot of disclosure, considering the reality he would go ahead to end up the best player on the planet. However, Ronaldo can pinpoint the minute he knew he was extraordinary.

He’d show signs of improvement of his partners in preparing and was regularly lauded for his capacity. So, he conceded he was worried about being too little.

Turning into a father at Real Madrid made his chance at club additional exceptional.

It must be truly unique to advance out onto the pitch wearing the all-white Real Madrid strip and having the capacity to tell the world you’re a Los Blancos player.

Be that as it may, as indicated by Ronaldo, this has all been made additional unique by the reality he fathered his child while at the club, which he concedes changed his point of view.

Holding hands and strolling with child is his most memorable moment

Strolling as an inseparable unit with his child in Cardiff is his most loved memory.

All through the meeting, Ronaldo talks gladly about every one of the trophies he has won in his profession, however, concedes they implied more to him when he was more youthful.

Today he views his most loving memory as strolling around the pitch at Cardiff clasping hands with his young child after winning the Champions League. Favour.

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DAVID BAILEY SAYS: “HOW ARE YOU GOING TO CROSS THE ROAD?”

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Mr. Bailey, would you swear in front of the Queen?

No, if you’re going to accept the Queen you have to accept the tradition. You know, I’ve got nothing against the monarchy. I think there are too many hangers-on, but that’s also a cliché thing to say. I doubt she’d be too shocked. She’s been around; she’s not stupid.

You recently took the official photo for her 88th birthday.

Yes and I think she looks incredible for 88. I had never photographed her before.

Why not?

I wouldn’t photograph anybody if they only give you five minutes. I don’t care who it is. I don’t care if God phoned me up and said, “I want a picture, I’ve only got five minutes.” I’d say, “Well, work some of your magic and make it longer!” Even though I’m actually quicker than most and I usually get bored before they get bored.

What kind of people are the most difficult to photograph?

Lots of politicians are so full of themselves. Sports people too a bit. But actors are the most difficult because you never know who you’re photographing. They could be Hamlet or Lassie. But the fewer people they come with, the more interesting they usually are. Johnny Depp came with nobody so I knew it was going to be all right. Jack Nicholson never came with anybody, but Jack’s different because I’ve known him for so long.

You once said Jack Nicholson is the smartest actor because he knows something nobody else does. What is it that he knows?

I don’t fucking know. If I knew, I’d be as smart as him. (Laughs)

One of the things that fascinated me when I met him was his grin and the sparkle in his eye when he talked about women.

Yeah, with Viagra. He’s the first person that told me about Viagra.

When was that?

Oh, years ago. Before everyone knew about it! (Laughs)

“Actors are the most difficult because you never know who you’re photographing. They could be Hamlet or Lassie.”

When you know someone very well like you do Jack Nicholson is it easier to take a great portrait of them?

It depends. It’s one of those abstract things. We had a difficult bloke this week, what was he called? Van Morris or somebody… He was so grumpy. But I loved him being grumpy because I could use his grumpiness. I got a great grumpy picture out of him. If I see another picture of a rock ‘n’ roller against some graffiti… It drives you mad, the same old picture! Can’t they ever think of something different to do? So I don’t mind people that are difficult. I quite like that. It amuses me because there is always a way around it. I mean, no one could be more difficult than Van whatever he’s called, Van Morrison.

It seems pointless to have your picture taken if you’re not going to cooperate though.

Well he left really happy, Van Morrison. But it is kind of pointless to come here if you’re not going to help me. They might not like the picture, but one day they will. One day that’s what they’re going to look like – whether they look like that or not. Medici said to Michelangelo, “That sculpture doesn’t look like me.” Michelangelo said, “Listen, you’ll be dead in 20 years, but this will be around for 2,000 years. So, that’s what you look like!” You could say that a bit with photography.

Does it often happen that people aren’t happy with their portrait, but then years later change their mind?

Yeah. 10 years later usually. We had one recently, I won’t mention his name, I shot him 30 years ago and he said, “I hate the picture.” But his wife bought one for him as a birthday present recently. (Laughs) 30 years later and come get the picture.

Are celebrities more difficult nowadays than they were 30 or 40 years ago?

Well, I avoid celebrities. I’m not really interested in people that come with PR. That’s probably why I can’t work in America, because I don’t take all that bullshit. I don’t know how people like Bruce Weber manage, because it would drive me mad. All these silly people who don’t know anything that come with celebrities and try to tell you what to do. It’s madness! They brought it on themselves, the magazines. They should have been stricter. They should have said, “No, we’re not showing you. We’re doing the interview and that’s that.” But instead they pander to them and in the end they end up owning you. Those magazines are owned by the celebrities, really.

You don’t strike me as the type to pander to anyone.

I never really read what people write about me, but the comments people made when doing this exhibition recently at the National Portrait Gallery are so stupid. “Oh, Bailey panders to these people.” I don’t pander to anybody. I just do the picture I do. I don’t care who it is. And I won’t do pictures if people want approval. It has always seemed stupid to me that they ask you to do something and then want to sort of tell you how to do it. What madness!

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