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the opportunities I had. He opened a lot of doors for me but made it clear it was up to me to go through them. It was the best way to do it in this industry. If people think you’re here because of someone you know, you experience a different acceptance and very little respect. But my passion and dedication for my work always produced results. Getting back to your career, where did you go after Daniel? After I had moved on from restaurant Daniel in late 2000, I realized I had submerged my entire life into working there, and I wanted something else. I staged at a few places looking for the right fit. I discovered I was used to working so meticulously, fast, and under extreme pressure that I would find myself chopping food just for the act of it as if I had to do something. I thought it was time for a little more balance in my life, and perhaps I may want a family one day. I started at La Grenouille in the winter of 2000 as a Rotissuer. It was a classic iconic New York City French restaurant. It was also another very tough place to work. I focused my energy on cooking meat with different techniques. I even had to cook kidneys! I don’t like organ meat at all, nor have I ever eaten one, but I had to learn how to cook them and cook them well, even though we would only sell maybe three orders a week. In 2001, I moved on to La Caravelle with Troy Depuy. 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