Tuesday, August 18, 2009
If I Weren't An Anesthesiologist, I'd Want to Be...
...someone like Tim Hammack.
When I heard about the work of Chef Tim Hammack on NPR's Morning Edition this morning, I was filled with such admiration that I was talking out loud into an empty car at 6 o'clock in the morning. (Click here to read about him in the New York Times and here to see a feature about him in The California Report.)
Chef Hammack left his post at Bouchon in the Napa Valley to be executive chef at the Bay Area Rescue Mission because he wanted to put his creativity, passion for food, and talent for preparing it to the service of those without means as well as those with.
Can I just say, MY HERO?!
I must admit there's a fine line between admiration and good-natured career envy. This is a man who gets to work with food all day, transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, and serve others, not only by providing nourishment and comfort but also by providing some useful skills to those who want to learn them and need a little boost in the right direction. What GREAT WORK!
You can just hear the deep satisfaction and love-of-the-work in his voice as he describes one meal at the Rescue Mission, which serves meals to 1200 people a day:
"Yesterday for lunch we made a creamed vegetable soup, garnished it with fried carrot shreds, and we made a home-made crême fraiche, croutons, and some shredded bacon on top - you know, something that I would serve in a restaurant...Their eyes open up and they say, 'Wow, this is really something special!' "
It really is. Bravo, Chef Hammack. You're an inspiration!