Stage 6: Nostalgia
Marisa Mangani: I missed cooking, but I started doing some fun things that I never really did before. Like weekends off was really a novel concept. I was used to having Mondays off. I got to spend weekends with my daughter, who was then 4. I was so glad I pulled that off before she started school. Going to the grocery store was fun! Instead of just going once a week to buy beer, it’s like, “Okay, I’m going to menu plan. Wow!” It was a whole new life.
Ferran Adrià: Without a doubt, I miss living for six months a year in Cala Montjoi. It's the best place that I can think of to work.
Keith Famie: There’s definitely times where I still think, “Let’s go open a restaurant.” Then I remember on Saturday night, while I’m sitting in a restaurant, that I wouldn’t be sitting there if I did. I’d be working. But what I miss the most is the camaraderie. That working relationship is so much like a second family. Unless you’ve been in the business, most people don’t understand that. It’s very intense, it’s very long hours, and there’s always something going wrong. Things that happen in the [film production] field that happen and people go, “Oh my God, I can’t handle this,” I’m like, “This is nothing. Imagine a Saturday night, 400 reservations, and someone breaks a glass over your sauce station. That’s an issue.” I miss that really intense busyness of fast-moving evenings when everything’s gotta work in sync. And then you just have a beautiful night. The customers are having a good time, the staff feels great. You sit down at the end of the night with the staff and have a glass of wine. Let’s go do it again tomorrow. Any chef can relate to that intensity of feeling.