50+ Best Chef Quotes To Inspire Your Cooking

Find the best chef quotes to inspire your cooking

Is cooking an art or a science?

Cooking, as we know, is the art of adding the right spices to make a final dish. There is also a science behind it that makes a dish tasty and fulfilling.

Preparing food is, of course, an age-old activity. Archeological evidence states that preparing food using fire began over one million years ago. With the expansion of agriculture and trade between civilizations, people offered many new ingredients in return for goods and services. New inventions like the making of pottery and the invention of fire changed the methods of cooking over time.

Here are some chef quotes that will inspire the cook in you. Please also check out our [Gordon Ramsay quotes] and [cooking quotes] for more.

Inspirational Chef Quotes

Being a chief cook is not easy. Anyone who has a passion for food and spends a lot of time cooking can be a successful chef. Here are some chef quotes that will inspire you to try your hands at making a tasty dish.

1. "People who love to eat are always the best people."

-Julia Child.

2."If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him... the people who give you their food give you their heart."

-Cesar Chavez.

3."Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people eat together.”

-Guy Fieri.

4."It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato."

-Lewis Grizzard.

5." Always serve too much hot fudge sauce on hot fudge sundaes. It makes people overjoyed and puts them in your debt."

-Judith Olney.

6."A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe."

- Thomas Keller.

7."There is not a good or a bad cuisine, just the one you like the best."

- Ferran Adria.

8." No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice, and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers."

- Laurie Colwin.

9."You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces, just good food from fresh ingredients."

-Julia Child.

10."Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love."

-Craig Claiborne.

11."Cooking requires confident guesswork and improvisation — experimentation and substitution, dealing with failure and uncertainty in a creative way."

- Paul Theroux.

Quotes About Cooking

We have some interesting quotes on cooking.

Cooking is the art of creating recipes by adding the right spices to make the food taste good. Great dishes differ all across the world. Here are a few chef quotes for you to get inspired by.

12."The ambition of every good cook must be to make something very good with the fewest possible ingredients."

-Urbain Dubois.

13."Oh, I'll accommodate them, I'll rummage around for something to feed them, for a 'vegetarian plate', if called on to do so. Fourteen dollars for a few slices of grilled eggplant and zucchini suits my food cost fine."

- Anthony Bourdain.

14."We're working people, and that's what we like to do, work."

- Paul Prudhomme.

15.“I think preparing food and feeding people brings nourishment not only to our bodies but to our spirits. Feeding people is a way of loving them, in the same way that feeding ourselves is a way of honoring our own createdness and fragility.”

― Shauna Niequist.

16."You don’t need to have a Rolls-Royce kitchen to make a great meal.”

- Tom Colicchio.

17."I think the most wonderful thing in the world is another chef. I'm always excited about learning new things about food."

- Paul Prudhomme.

18."I opened a restaurant that had nothing but California wines."

- Paul Prudhomme.

19."...who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression."

- Maya Angelou.

20."A sushi chef has to spot the best-quality fresh fish instantly."

-Nobu Matsuhisa

Funny Cooking Quotes

Most households have fun by working together in the kitchen. Here are a few funny chef quotes and sayings which you may use to compliment your chef friends or parents.

21."I left school when I was 14 to work in kitchens."

- Wolfgang Puck.

22.“My kitchen was clean last week. Sorry, you missed it."


23.“One day. I’m gonna make the onions cry.”


24.“Happiness is the flavor of life, and you are the chef.”


25."In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom."

- Barbara Costikyan.

26."Never eat more than you can lift."

– Miss Piggy.

27."If you can organize your kitchen, you can organize your life."

– Louis Parrish.

28."Cooking is at once one of the simplest and most gratifying of the arts, but to cook well one must love and respect food".

-Craig Claiborne.

29.“A burnt and experienced hands are more important than the vessels in the kitchen.”

― Nikita Dudani

30."I love my food and wine; I have tried my hand at being a chef and failed miserably."

-Shefali Zariwala

Famous Chef Quotes

It is very difficult to be a chief chef in the kitchen. Famous, acclaimed chefs are known for their experience. From the most famous chef Gordon Ramsay to other famous chefs such as Mauro Colagreco many of these talented professionals have shared their wisdom in the quotes below. Here are quotes from famous chefs who add that extra spice to every dish they make.

31."I always say that I don't believe I'm a chef. I try to be a storyteller."

- Jose Andres.

32."'Chef' doesn't mean that you're the best cook, it simply means 'boss'."

- Tom Colicchio.

33."Chefs are nutters. They're all self-obsessed, delicate, dainty, insecure little souls, and absolute psychopaths. Every last one of them."

-Gordon Ramsay.

34."A lot of people call me a celebrity chef, but I don't think that I'm a celebrity. So I want to stay keeping just a chef. That's more comfortable."

-Masaharu Morimoto.

35."People want honest, flavourful food, not some show-off meal that takes days to prepare."

- Ted Allen.

36."To me, there's no great chef without a great team."

-Daniel Boulud

37."Chefs don't make mistakes; they make new dishes."

- Elizabeth Briggs.

Gordon Ramsay Quotes

Here we would like to list few quotes by the world-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay, who has opened a chain of restaurants across the globe, he is arguable the most famous chef, so let's find what he has to say.

38."If you want to become a great chef, you have to work with great chefs. And that's exactly what I did."

- Gordon Ramsay.

39."I am a chef who happens to appear on the telly, that's it."

- Gordon Ramsay.

40."There's a bond among a kitchen staff, I think. You spend more time with your chef in the kitchen than you do with your own family."

- Gordon Ramsay.

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Passionate Chef Sayings

Here are few sayings from passionate chefs from across the globe that make us hungry!

41."Chefs have a new opportunity - and perhaps even an obligation - to inform the public about what is good to eat, and why."

- Rene Redzepi.

42.“Hunger gives flavour to the food.”

― Amit Kalantri, 'Wealth Of Words'.

43."Get to know the Chef and you will start to enjoy dining out even more."

-John Walters.

44." No great pastry chef has sweet teeth."

-Morley Safer.

45."You don't call yourself the Demon Chef by being gentle. I am tough."

-Alvin Leung

46."To me, my recipes are priceless."

-Colonel Sanders.

47."Chef Thomas Keller was an inspiration to me and many, many young cooks like me. He told us that the role of the new, modern chef is different."

-David Chang.

48."You can call me the bad boy chef all you want. I'm not going to freak out about it. I'm not that bad. I'm certainly not a boy, and it's been a while since I've been a chef."

-Anthony Bourdain.

49."If you're a happy person around food, you can be a professional chef. It's fueled by passion."

-Ranveer Brar.

50."Chefs. You either loved them or tolerated them, but either way you had to learn to live with them.”

― Nina Harrington, 'Tipping the Waitress With Diamonds'.

51."When I was growing up, my grandmother cooked every day. She is the best chef ever."

-Baron Davis.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for the best chef quotes to inspire your cooking, then why not take a look at these [bacon quotes], or [baking quotes] too?

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