Best Quotes from Johnny Iuzzini

Every few years, I change my look for the simple reason that I get bored. If you Google Image me, you will see so many different looks: long hair, short hair, clean shaven, beard, etc.

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The true mark of professionalism is the ability to respect everyone else for their styles and always find something positive in every dining experience and highlight it in your thoughts and words.

Johnny Iuzzini

If you take everything personally and to heart, it will tear you apart. Take criticism, learn, adjust, and move on.

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Everyone has days when things can go wrong. That doesn’t make you a bad pastry chef – that makes you human.

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Part of what makes a great chef is the ability to adapt, cook, and to taste. A great chef will use all their food knowledge, food memories, and senses to work with each ingredient and apply themselves to the dish they are creating.

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I have pictures of me feeding deer and possums with baby bottles. I am such an animal lover.

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I am classically trained in French pastry, but I am American and have a natural curiosity and playfulness that comes through in my cooking. I like to present flavors that people are familiar with in unique combinations and forms that may surprise them.

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I love biscuits. I have a real thing for a biscuits, and if it’s not made right, I’m gonna come down hard on somebody.

Johnny Iuzzini

I fell in love with pastry because I felt I could be much more creative. It’s precise, and you don’t have to kill anything.

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As chefs, especially pastry chefs, your creativity plays such an important part in your daily work. We truly do have a blank canvas to work with every time we create a new dish.

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I’m very much half city and half country boy.

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When you think about French pastry, one of the most classic traditional pastries is the eclair. An eclair is like a blank canvas that can be easily adapted to any environment. Ingredients are the most important aspect of a perfect eclair, and they need to be used at their peak.

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A savory chef must first master his knife skills and understand the basics of sauces and soups, etc., before he/she may move on to become a great chef. It is no different for pastry chefs. If you do not have a strong foundation and are a master of the basics, then you will never be that strong – you will never be a master of the trade – period.

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Chocolate is one of the backbones of the pastry kitchen. It is one of the most important ingredients in our pantry. It is very versatile, it is complex, and it is extremely temperamental.

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Pastry school is great for a foundation and introducing you to basic techniques, but it is really up to the chefs to practice, practice, practice and refine their techniques.

Johnny Iuzzini

I was an amusement and water park fiend as a kid growing up. I loved them. My brothers and I would go whenever we could. We liked all the super steep/fast slides and flumes where you would get completely soaked. Our absolute favorite was the tubes, though.

Johnny Iuzzini

My mom was a rescue veterinarian, and I grew up helping her nurse injured animals back to health. Any deer hit by a car, fox caught in a trap, whatever it was that got hurt, everyone brought them to my mom.

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Cooking is about imbibing different cultures and putting them in a plate on the table.

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Daniel Boulud told me at a young age, ‘Whatever happens to you in your career, you’re going to be great – be humble. Just be humble.’ And I think about that daily. Like, whatever happens to me, whatever awards we win as a team or whatever else, just be humble.

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At one point, in one of the kitchens where I worked, I was the only American pastry cook. They treated me poorly. ‘You’re stupid. You’re American. You don’t get it.’ They’d speak French all day. At one point, my boss said to me, ‘You learn French or get out right away.’

Johnny Iuzzini

My dad said, ‘If you want to go out with girls and go out with your friends, get a job.’ I found one at the local country club as a pot washer in the kitchen.

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I didn’t come from a wealthy family. My dad told us if we wanted spending money, we had to earn it. So I developed an early work ethic.

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I want to do more TV and more books. I want to have my hand in different projects. I’m way too hyper; I’m just one of those people who has to have a lot going on.

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If you would ask me some of the ingredients that people are surprised by that could appear on my menu are such things as bleu cheese, vegetables like parsnips and rutabaga, bacon, pork fat, fois gras, truffles, and olives.

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I really loved traveling the U.S. and seeing regional differences within the same country and how the same ingredients are used in very different ways. I love how the ‘old guard’ of cuisine are still pioneering so much of the direction of food today.

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Whenever a chef cooks for his own ego rather than his guests, he/she set themselves up for ridicule and failure. In the end, it’s the service industry. Our goal is to make our guests happy through our cooking.

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Baking is about multi-tasking. If you are organized and prepared, that’s half the battle.

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Plain sugar cookies, no matter how well they are made, are a bit boring to me.

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I eat to survive, you know?

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I am a sugar freak.

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The biggest fear in my life is being mediocre.

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Both my parents worked. So it wasn’t like the previous generation where we learned how to cook and bake from our mothers and grandmothers.

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I can’t even kill a lobster without saying a Hail Mary for it.

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Desserts are last, but don’t let them be least.

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When I was growing up, chocolate milk was a treat, and the chocolate milk that ended up in a bowl of Cocoa Puffs when I had those for breakfast was the biggest treat of all.

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I drink at least a couple of espressos every day and love the flavor of coffee.

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TV has taken a crazy turn, especially in the industry of food, where everything is either a competition show or a sort of reality show. We’ve lost the kind of shows that are, like, ‘Here’s how you do this,’ like the old Julia Child shows.

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When I was a kid, I would come home from school, and my mom would buy the industrial-size Famous Amos cookies or Chips Ahoy when I was lucky. And I would sit in front of the TV set with a glass of milk… and I would dump cookies in there, smash them with my spoon, and eat cookies and milk with a spoon watching ‘The Dukes of Hazzard.’

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For me, some things, like, I just don’t want to know what they are before I eat them. Like, if you’re going to start feeding me, like, sexual organs of animals, or, like, a monkey’s brain or something – I’ll eat it. Just don’t tell me what it is until after I’ve finished it.

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If I can’t do something and excel at it and do it well, I have a tendency to give up on it really easy.

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Everyone has a different impression of what they are eating; not everyone tastes the same things, and definitely, not everyone has the same food memories.

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I love pies of all types. I especially love rhubarb. I grew up with rhubarb growing on our property, and my mom would make rhubarb pies and jam. I have to admit, though, my earliest memories of rhubarb were not fond ones, but over time, I grew to love it.

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As most people will tell you, the best pies have the best crusts. It has to be tender, flaky, and full of flavor. That is the key to a great pie.

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I actually have a pig collection in my cabin: all types of old wood hand-carved pigs that my mom started for me as a housewarming gift.

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Chocolate is the go-to ingredient for many people. It is the thing people crave when they are happy and celebrate; it is also the go-to ingredient for many people when we are sad or depressed. It makes us feel better.

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I am not a shock jock pastry chef. I don’t create desserts using strange ingredients just for the sake of doing so, like so many of my colleagues in the industry.

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I have been a fan of the Beastie Boys ever since I can remember. I have a ton of their music on my iPod and even still have a t-shirt from a show I saw when I was a kid.

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It’s funny, you know, growing up, you are always introduced to people as your uncle this or your aunt that or your cousin this. By the time I was in my 20s, I had no idea who I actually was or wasn’t related to. It’s kind of a running joke in the family.

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We never really know what people are capable of until the only person they can rely on is themselves.

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I played every sport in high school for one year. If I couldn’t be great at it, I quit. I would rather not do it than be average.

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A pastry chef’s lifespan in a restaurant is limited. You have to open a bakery or pastry shop. There’s only so far you can go in a restaurant.

Johnny Iuzzini

I like the Rockabilly look. My background is half Italian, half French. I wear cowboy boots and jeans.

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