This Friday on Nightline the show's Platelist series looks at the phenomenon of celebrity chefdom, talking to the patriarch of the movement, Wolfgang Puck. A snippet:
John Berman: Do you think it's a problem now though that kids who want to be chefs have unrealistic expectations? They think if they learn to cook they’ll have two TV shows, they’ll write four books and open 12 restaurants?
Wolfgang Puck: Well, you know, I tell all of these young people, men and women in the kitchen, that patience is really a lost virtue in a way. People want to be everything in two years. They think I started to cook and two years later I opened Spago, then I had the TV show, and here I am. They don’t want to learn the profession. It takes a long time. You know, Jack Nicholson didn’t do Easy Rider as his first movie. He had many before that were B movies and not very good. But he honed his craft and became really, really good at it and all of a sudden people say, "Whoa! He’s a fabulous actor." He became a big star and so on, and I think they, young people, they want everything instantly. It doesn’t happen instantly. You really have to go out, work in great restaurants, learn your craft, and hopefully then you might be successful because we only often talk about successful people. But how many people close their restaurants? Every day you read in the paper, I mean, I just read Gordon Ramsay, who is certainly a very famous chef from his Hell’s Kitchen. He closed his restaurant in Los Angeles. He closed his restaurant in Paris because at the end of the day you can do television—it might help your brand. it might help everything. But if you don’t serve great food and give great service, people are not going to give you their money anymore. You have to be really careful and be on your toes all of the time.
Also making appearances in the segment are Bobby Flay, Tom Colicchio, Lidia Bastianich, and Gordon Ramsay. Nightline airs at 11:35 p.m. ET. (As always, there's the possibility Platelist may be preempted due to breaking news.)
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