Thrillist have gathered a gang of chefs to ask them for some of their favourite food quotes of kitchen wisdom.
The chefs were each asked for quotes they use to motivate their crews, give inspiration and generally kick up the energy of the kitchen with a simple statement.
There’s 18 chefs featured in the piece with each one offering their own inspirational quotes - such as Jimmy Bannos Jr. at the The Purple Pig in Chicago and his “make it nice, not twice” mantra.
Below are five of our favourite quotes and you can see all of them on the Thrillist website.
"If it's brown, it's done. If it's black, you're done."
Daniel Holzman, The Meatball Shop (New York NY)
“'The chef on duty will constantly point out the time, name the next project, and finish with 'push!' The entire team then calls it back. It is a simple one, but it gives me goosebumps every time."
Jorge Hernandez, Qui (Austin, TX)
"Don't drink the profits."
Jimmy Carbone, Jimmy's No. 43 (New York, NY)
"No matter how bad you may feel, get up, show up, dress up, and never, ever give up."
Tim Love, Lonesome Dove and Restaurant Startup (Dallas, TX)
"Do right when no one is watching."
Brendan Collins, Waterloo & City and MTV's House of Food (Culver City, CA)