Grant Achatz

Grant Achatz

Chef & Owner of The Alinea Group

The restaurant industry is rare in that unlike other arts, you start over everyday. You do not cut an album, take a photo, create a building, or paint a painting and it lives on for people to enjoy, for a very long time just as you created the first time. Everyday we wake up and start from scratch, and everyday we have the opportunity to hit the home run or strike out. It is that challenge, risk taking, constant window for failure or gratification that fuels all of us.

The restaurant industry is exciting, dynamic and ever changing. It became clear to me at a young age that in order to be successful, like in most things in life, it requires an immense amount of dedication, patience, study and practice. A chef I once worked for said to me: “it is a marathon, not a sprint" and as I continue on with my career this seems to become more and more true.

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