"The simpler the food, the harder it is to prepare it well. You want to truly taste what it is you're eating. So that goes back to the trend of fine ingredients. It's very Japanese: Preparing good ingredients very simply, without distractions from the flavor of the ingredient itself."
"I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead."Joel Robuchon on Oscar Wilde
"You can tell alot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans."Joel Robuchon on Ronald Reagan
"It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available."Joel Robuchon on Ronald Reagan
"You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six."Joel Robuchon on Yogi Berra
"Beware the hobby that eats."Joel Robuchon on Benjamin Franklin
"I've never followed a vegan or vegetarian diet in the past, but I think I could do it. It would not be easy. I have worked with nutritionists who have said a vegan diet is not necessarily all positive for your health, because you need nutrients you only find in meats. I believe in a balanced diet."
"A few years ago, kids from poor areas in France were asked to draw items of food. For a chicken, they drew a drumstick. For a fish, they drew a fish stick. Those are extremes, but there is a lot that needs to be done to help children discover good food."
"Southeast Asia food uses many different types of spices which are quite new to me, like the curry leaves which I saw at the Kreta Ayer wet market in Chinatown. With such spices used in cooking, this usually imparts a strong aroma to Southeast Asian food, which appeals to the senses."
"I like a well-roasted rotisserie chicken and eggs cooked various ways, like sunny-side up or scrambled. It's comfort food for me."
"I am very honored for all the distinctions and accolades, but what I am most sensitive to is my clientele and the fact they are pleased with my food and my restaurants."