Originally Posted by foodguy
i liked the start of it ... but i found the second half wearing. the sense of entitlement in young chefs just really grates on me. he's got this wife, but he dumps her when somebody better comes along; he's got a great restaurant with an owner who took a chance on him, but he dumps him when something better comes along. and they kept talking about the "shakespearean tragedy" of his tongue cancer ... granted, it's horrible, but i kept wondering how some mom would feel, who could no longer read stories to her kids because of the same disease but didn't have the resources to jump the line in the experimental treatment.
All true. But how many artists or high performing people that come around just a few times in a generation do you know of that don't have major character flaws like that? You take the good with the bad. Most of the most interesting stories (whether they be written or film or in music) are about people with complicated personalities, and frankly they're more interesting than a mother with tongue cancer, who besides her disease is a relatively commonplace individual. It's like when people don't want to listen to Wagner because he hated Jews. To me it doesn't matter. I defy you to name a great artist, philosopher, musician or whatever without at least some measure of narcissism. I haven't read this or any other food books (that I can remember, I might have) so I can't really comment on this particular case.