Chef Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old chef quotes, chef sayings, and chef proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The duty of a good cuisinier is to transmit to the next generation everything he has learned and experienced.     

Fernand Point

Although the skills aren't hard to learn, finding the happiness and finding the satisfaction and finding fulfillment in continuously serving somebody else something good to eat, is what makes a really good restaurant.     

Mario Batali

I think all chefs who pursue great flavor have good ethics.

Dan Barber

I think every chef, not just in America, but across the world, has a double edged sword two jackets, one that's driven, a self-confessed perfectionist, thoroughbred, hate incompetence and switch off the stove, take off the jacket and become a family man.     

Gordon Ramsay

We may live without poetry, music and art; We may live without conscience, and live without heart; We may live without friends; we may live without books; But civilized man cannot live without cooks.     

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star.

Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

If you're not the one cooking, stay out of the way and compliment the chef.     

Michael Strahan

Chefs are leaders in their own little world.

Eric Ripert

As chefs, we cook to please people, to nourish people.

Jose Andres

Japanese chefs believe our soul goes into our knives once we start using them. You wouldn't put your soul in a dishwasher!     

Masaharu Morimoto

A burnt and experienced hands are more important than the vessels in the kitchen.

Nikita Dudani

I would much rather be a chef who remembers I am a cook then a cook that thinks I am a chef.

Richard (Ric) Peterson

To me, there's no great chef without a great team.

Daniel Boulud

Often, admiring a chef and getting to know him is like loving goose liver and then meeting the goose.

George Lang

A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.     

Elsa Schiaparelli

I would love to date a chef. I'd probably get really fat, but I don't care.

Elizabeth Olsen

A good cook is the peculiar gift of the gods. He must be a perfect creature from the brain to the palate, from the palate to the finger's end.

Walter Savage Landor

In any restaurant of this caliber, the chefs are in the same position, building relationships.     

Thomas Keller

Being involved, learning firsthand and observing the craft and absorbing all you can, makes it easier to define what you want. It will also ultimately make you a better Chef. Culinary school, or even a single class, is a great bet too.     

Giada De Laurentiis

I think the most wonderful thing in the world is another chef. I'm always excited about learning new things about food.

Paul Prudhomme

No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.

Julia Child

No great pastry chef has sweet teeth.     

Morley Safer

Anybody can make you enjoy the first bite of a dish, but only a real chef can make you enjoy the last.

Francois Minot

Chef' doesn't mean that you're the best cook, it simply means 'boss.'

Tom Colicchio

You're getting to know who the great chefs are through their books.

Thomas Keller

If you want to become a great chef, you have to work with great chefs. And that's exactly what I did.

Gordon Ramsay

I call all chefs cooks. They're all cooks. That's what we do, we cook. You're a chef when you're running a kitchen.

Tom Colicchio

Techniques are not the most difficult to teach. The attitudes chefs take are much more important.     

Alain Ducasse

Until I discovered cooking, I was never really interested in anything.

Julia Child