Today, another anecdote that we couldn’t fit in the issue from chef Richard Kuo, executive chef at New York’s Pearl & Ash (home of the frequently lauded Fernet Branca ice cream sandwich), about his favorite inspiring big screen food moment, which happens to star Michael Douglas in one of his most memorable roles pre-Liberace.
“One of my favorite moments is from the movie Falling Down starring Michael Douglas, where the main character is at Whammy Burger and orders a sandwich from the menu. Upon receiving the sandwich, he becomes aggravated and compares the product at hand to the advertisement. This scene is especially impactful to me as I have become particularly sensitive to the consistency of every dish that is delivered to customers as well as the overall philosophy of under-promising and over-delivering. Great cooks can produce great dishes, but a great chef can produce the same great dish every single time. It’s always about consistency.”
—Richard Kuo, executive chef of Pearl and Ash in New York, NY