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Friend – Mentor – my Hero

Dear Friend Rene

Any time you make remarks about me or to me you makes me very special, I am not trying to flattering you but you are my „HERO” many things which happen to me I should be grateful to you for. Just mention a few; take me out of New York in 1983 that was great move, promotes  me to the position of Exec Sous Chef, in Four Season Hotel that was like to open door of carrier for me, even to serve me as guardian; to take me to you home and let me stay some time until I get my apartment, and as I remember when banquet sous chef pull on me (don’t remember the name) you stop him telling him pointing on me “he is not  Pittsburgh guy” There is many more other things you shows me or did for me which inspired me to do same to others, as I become to be chef on my own I always had picture of you in front of me, struggling  like you to be gentle but demanding, work with the staff give them direction and tools before pulling the disciplinary consequences. In addition to that with my personality I was doing many times “impassible mission” which put me way in the front of others (one gold two bronze, two black Geneva, zillion trophies and awards) and encounters me with lot of different peoples-dignitaries; All Gore – twice, Clinton – once, General James McCall, Prime minister of Poland Gen Jaruzelski, even just last year wife of Polish president M Duda. Well we all have from time to time such people in our dining room; most weird about it is; they are normal sometimes humble people but organizers  drive you crazy  most difficult are City officials. Just like you and me we did many things where we can look back on in with pride. Don’t want to take much of your time but just mention young generation of ambassadors of world gastronomy (I was teaching in L’Ecole ) one time I need to hire a chef in the process of the interview we talk about four mother sauces, I ask about Demi Glace his answer was “o yes we getting that from Sysco” Well that’s where we heading to “Prefabrication” even now teaching in the culinary school – institute have different concept, I wrote a lot about in my book.

My dear friend my Hero Chef Rene; Thank you very much for all you have done for me as well and others, your name should be “Stone Written” so nobody can forgot, I hope one day me and you we will work again together in St. Peter’s banquet function serving beautiful angels with Chateaubriand Flambé  11-18-2012 6;26;53 PM11-18-2012 5;44;58 PM