On how you just never know with people
Becker: There are times where you think a person’s gonna be a rockstar, and they’re gonna be amazing, and they’re gonna be somebody you can take with you forever, and then that’s the person that ends up not showing up to work, or steals, or gets arrested, comes in stoned or any of a myriad of things.
Hall: I had a prep cook in LA. He had these tiny little hands. We used to do potato latkes, and we weren’t smart about it like now -- we make sheets of them and then cut ‘em out -- but we would we do them individually and he would hand grate them all into this perfect cup, and then would grill them off and then we’d finish them in the fryer. He was intense, fast, organized, but there were a couple of times where he just didn’t show up to work. I didn’t really care because he was such a good cook -- like I didn’t want to think anything of it. We had an alley in the back of the restaurant, so one day I went out there to look for him because he was missing for a little while, and there he was, daylight, 1pm, smoking meth.