“It’s too tough for me,” he told owner Alain Allegretti, a son of Nice who worked at Michelin two star Le Chantecler and three-star Alain Chapel before coming to Le Cirque 2000 as co-executive chef in 2001. “But you just come from a year at El Bulli,” his boss protested. “They had a kitchen full of cooks,” responded the whiney slacker as he left. “I can’t afford a cook just to glaze the lamb all night and brush the lamb and tell the lamb how pretty it is,” the chef-patron told me. “In this kitchen a cook has to keep three or four things going at once.”
We understand, Al. This city is a hard place and tends to weed out the non-hackers.