International Chefs Day is marked annually on Oct. 20 to honor people’s culinary skills and also to educate everyone about healthy food.
The day was created in 2004 by chef Bill Gallagher. At the time, Gallagher was the president of WorldChefs – a network of more than 100 chef associations.
Here are some quotes, courtesy Toast Tab, to share on this day:
1. “Chefs don’t make mistakes; they make new dishes.” – Elizabeth Brigg
2. “Food is romantic. Soul. It’s about putting everything in your heart onto the plate. Hoping it’s perceived well. Honestly, it’s about passion. It’s about love.” – Hillary Sterling
3. “When you run a kitchen, no matter how crazy and chaotic it gets, you have to be the calm one. You cannot show any sign of fear – the guests pick up on it. The beauty of this kitchen, though, is that everybody helps everybody.” – Nina Compton
4. “I started cooking professionally because I had hit a point in my life where I was just sort of lost and cooking was something I had always loved and so I grabbed onto it.” – Amanda Cohen
5. “If cooking is what you love, do it with great vigor, pride, and excellence. It pleases me when I see guests conversing, noshing, happy and satisfied. I savor all the flavors of life.” – Kai Chase
6. “It’s okay to play with your food.” – Emeril Lagasse
7. “We’ve been told numerous times that our cooking is ‘feminine,’ which people always intend as a compliment. We’re happy to be identified with femaleness, as strong and proud women, but the masculine/feminine binary has no legitimate place in culinary expression or its criticism. It’s an artificial construct we’d be happy to see done away with.” – Sarah Kramer & Sarah Hymanson
8. “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
9. “When I push open the kitchen doors, I want to see a dining room full of diners, but especially brown and black diners, who, looking at their plates, feel seen, celebrated, and recognized. And when I look in the mirror, I want to see a young black chef who made that world a reality.” – Kwame Onwuachi
10. “Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t have.” – Anthony Bourdain
11. “Learning about history in [Savannah] was so empowering. I started to see where I wanted to go with the food. That confidence started to reawaken. I became the chef that was looking backwards in order to look forward. – Mashama Bailey
12. “What you feel like eating at any given moment is what you should have.” – Ferran Adria