“I have always been driven to push myself to find my maximum capacity every day, not out of some abstract concept, but out of a responsibility to utilize my time most effectively. I would suggest that the chef’s primary ambition is to create joy at the table, which is based more on a generosity of spirit than a drive to personally succeed. There is not enough room for a lot of big egos in one kitchen. There is an alpha with a support team of people whose intent is to become the alpha of their own kitchen. They bide their time, observe and learn. I am always surrounded by a thousand different levels of ambition and always willing to discuss options and strategies, but I tend to revel more in the greatness and harmony of teamwork than to wallow in the woes of the individual whose ambition I have yet to ignite.”
—Batali is a chef and restaurateur.
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