What I’ve Learned About Being Fearless in the Kitchen
I am a fan favorite of Ratatouille (Rat-a-too-ee), the Disney/Pixar hit movie that was released back in 2007. I admit, it may be a movie geared towards the younger demographic but no matter what age you are, you can take something inspiring away from it. Especially if you love to cook, or if you’ve always had a dream to be a cook, then you must see this movie!
When I think of being a fearless chef, I am reminded of this animated rat with high hopes and endless dreams to be a pioneer top chef in none other than the most romantic and scenic place in the world, Paris. But how can this little rat have a dream larger than what his environment and skill set actually calls for? It makes me wonder, is it society that makes us believe we are under-qualified or not capable of achieving a dream that may be out of our comfort zone? Or is this something we put into our own heads because we are afraid of the possibilities if we actually allow our dreams to take flight; of what success or failure may be awaiting us on the opposite end?
What if failure isn’t an option? Well, that is just what this rat, Remy, sets his mind to! He envisions his dream of being a top chef after looking up to his role model Auguste Gusteau, a famous chef with his own 5 star restaurant in Paris and author of the bestseller cookbook “Anyone Can Cook.” Now I don’t want to spoil the entire movie for you as much as I’d love to share with you all the details of Remy’s journey towards greatness and success, but I will say he didn’t even know how close he was living to Gusteau’s restaurant until he got out of his comfort zone and challenged himself to see the world. Well, “his world” and the world he has been dreaming about for as long as he remembers.
What I learned about being fearless from Ratatouille:
With endless drive and perseverance, you can overcome challenges and learn skills to make your dream become a reality.
Don’t get caught up in the stumbling blocks along the way, instead embrace them and make your inner chef come to life.
All the characters in your life have something to teach you.
Ratatouille is not just a dish that is eaten in France (originating in Nice), it now has a much more profound memory in my cooking vocabulary. But just so you know, Ratatouille is a traditional French stewed vegetable dish filled with onions, zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, zucchini, stewed in oil and sometimes served cold.
Finally, never define another person’s (or rat’s!) limits or create what you think should be their destiny. To each his or her own.
“Anyone can cook, but only the fearless can be great.” – Chef Auguste Gusteau
Peace, Love, Gelato,
Peace, Love, Gelato,