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  1. Grilling outside with my parents at the Jersey shore. We would grill lobster and corn in the summer.
  2. Obviously, the easiest recipes are the most successful when it comes to the home cook, because they’re not intimidated by them. If I’m doing ‘Boy Meets Grill,’ and I do something very simple like grilled hamburgers or steaks or chicken, those are the most sought-after recipes.
  3. Don’t underestimate the importance of having enough room to work. Grilling is much more relaxing when you are not trying to juggle a whole collection of plates and bowls as you do it. If your grill doesn’t have enough workspace — and they almost never do — set up a table right next to your grill.
  4. A grill is just a source of heat. Just like a stove, it is very user-friendly.
  5. You can’t chase everybody on the Internet who’s saying stuff about you, that’s for sure.
  6. When I’m hiring a cook for one of my restaurants, and I want to see what they can do, I usually ask them to make me an omelette.
  7. There are so many great things about this business. Almost everybody is on the same team. It is all for one-friendly competitiveness. No one is out to hurt anyone.
  8. I think everybody at some point in time has thought to themselves, ‘I have a really great idea for a restaurant.’
  9. ‘The Food Network’ was just starting in New York, and I was getting lots of attention from Mesa Grill. They had no money, so if you couldn’t get there by subway, you couldn’t be on. It wasn’t like TV was something I really wanted to do — but I knew it would be great publicity for my restaurants.
  10. I don’t like to dump the dressing on top of the greens. Instead, I pour it against the side of the bowl — using only enough to glaze the leaves — then toss.
  11. I probably use my chef’s knives more than any other tool in the kitchen. I’m not married to a particular brand, because they all work, they all have sharp blades.
  12. If my daughter wants to get into this business, I would support that decision. She’s going to have a hard time not being in it. She loves food and she’s around it all the time.
  13. When I’m on television, I think that I appeal to the everyday guy, ’cause that’s who I am. The guys who go to the football games on the weekends are my viewers, for sure.
  14. I dropped out of high school. I really had no interest in doing any school work whatsoever.
  15. A molcajete is a stone mortar and pestle from Mexico. They’re great for grinding spices and making salsa and guacamole because they give everything a nice coarse and rustic feel. I’ve never collected anything, but I think I might start collecting these because each one is decorated differently.
  16. Cook ingredients that you are used to cooking by other techniques, such as fish, chicken, or hamburgers. In other words be comfortable with the ingredients you are using.
  17. I think a lot of times people design restaurants with flash in mind. I think you should design restaurants with function in mind. Make sure it’s functional and works with what you’re trying to accomplish. Design can come later.
  18. I love using gas grills because they are easier to heat and it’s much easier to control the flames with a gas grill than with a charcoal fire. Grilling is not just about lighting a fire.
  19. I don’t have a long family history of good cooks in my family.
  20. I think cookies are sort of the unsung sweet, you know? They’re incredibly popular. But everybody thinks of cakes and pies and fancier desserts before they think cookies. A plate of cookies is a great way to end dinner and really nice to share at the holidays.

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