Remembering Bourdain

 

I met Anthony Bourdain when he was in Seattle doing a show at the Paramount Theatre.  I paid the extra $300 to go to the VIP and meet him and another famous chef from Seattle.  It was a great experience.  I took no photos, because I wanted to enjoy it.  While it was only a quick handshake and a thank you, it was completely worth it.

Anthony Bourdain inspired millions of people to look beyond food and explore the culture that was around you.  He took us around the world without the need of a passport.  He spoke his mind and he didn’t care if you liked what he had to say or not.  He was a rare breed of person, chef, author and traveler.  He was a uniting being who opened mine and everyone else’s eyes.

I have worked in the food service industry for over 20 years now in every kind of job.  Tony brought our world to the masses and exposed that kitchen work is not a glamorous job at all.  It’s hard work and will drain your will to live.  There’s nothing like working a 10 hour shift with nonstop tickets printing out all day and night.  Now, at almost 42, it’s not something I can do or want to do anymore.

While reading Tony’s book Medium Raw recently, I realized that he would actually respect the head chef job that I have now.  He mentions his heroes and villains in the book and at first explains why Jamie Oliver was a villain but is now a hero.  Mainly because of Oliver’s work trying to bring attention to the state of school lunches in the United States.  I am a school chef, but don’t let that fool you.

I am a chef at an early learning school in the Seattle neighborhood of Fremont in the same building as Geek Wire, whom Bourdain featured on his Seattle episode of Parts Unknown last year.  It is not your typical school food.  No cardboard pizza here with crappy hamburgers.  The school I work at, Our Beginning, is a different kind of job and one that I enjoy.  The kitchen is open and is located near the front door and the parents and teachers walk by every day and greet me.  The food is 100% organic and about 90% from scratch.  I only use olive or coconut oil and the two of us (me and my assistant) pump out about 800 meals a day for the nearly 200 students that attend the school.  It’s a fun job and the kids go crazy for the food.

When I woke up on June 8th and found out that my idol took his own life, I thought about that impact on me first, because that is just human nature.  But after a few tears and seeing the smiling faces of the children coming to school, I understood that it was bigger than me.  This man was loved by everyone I know who worked in the service industry and we are all devastated in his death.  I wish that I had met with him while he was hanging with the guys from Geek Wire, I think he would have been impressed with what we have coming out of our little kitchen for these children I love so much.

Anthony Bourdain left a legacy that no one can take away from any of us.  The books, television shows and memories will remain.  I’m grateful for that.

He will be missed.

Thank you for your wisdom and honesty

Chef Josh Coffee

Seattle, WA

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Not moving the Kings to Seattle, Doesn’t make sense!!

From 2000-2007 the Sacramento Kings averaged 17,317 fans per game. All of them were sellout games.

In 2012-13 the Kings averaged 13,749 fans per game. DEAD LAST.

If you can’t fill a 17,000 seat arena, how do you expect to fill a newer, larger one?

No one cared about them moving until they got a former NBA player as their mayor in Kevin Johnson.  If Johnson would give as much passion into fixing his city as he is into keeping the Kings, then maybe the Maloof family wouldn’t be trying to sell them in the first place.

Seattle has a way better economy than Sacramento and they offered way more money for the franchise, an NBA record $550 million… raised to $625 million on May 10, 2013. Seattle also has a better plan for an arena as well.

Clay Bennett is in David Sterns’ pocket. I cannot wait for David Stern to retire.

The NBA was waaaaay better in the 1980-90s.

The NBA screws Seattle…. AGAIN!!!

On Monday, twelve NBA owners unanimously decided that it was in the League’s best interest that the Kings remain in Sacramento, instead of relocating to Seattle to revive the Supersonics franchise, which moved to Oklahoma City in 2008.  One of the owners that voted against the relocation of the Kings was Oklahoma City Thunder owner Clay Bennett, who bought the Seattle Supersonics in 2007 with all the intention of moving them to Oklahoma.

 

This whole thing stinks to high heaven.  This is one reason why I choose not to follow the NBA anymore.  The Association has not been good since 1998.  When the Chicago Bulls dynasty broke up after their sixth championship in eight years, the NBA took a free fall.

 

A Seattle relocation team lead by investor Chris Hansen, had offered to by the Sacramento Kings for an NBA record $550 million on April 12, 2013.  Sacramento countered with a much smaller offer.  Both cities have new arena deals in place.

 

Seattle is ready to have the Sonics back.  Seattle’s economy is thriving while Sacramento’s is disarray.  I agree with Sports Illustrated and I think that this is not the right decision.

The Gun Issue

I have no problem with people owning guns at all. My issue is : How do these guns get in the hands of criminals? How do we fix that? I know a lot of people think the second amendment should be the first amendment. They think that their freedom to own a gun, is more important that our freedom to speak against it. To me, that’s a little out there. 

This is an issue, where no one is going to be happy. But, it is also an issue that needs to be met in the middle. President Obama is not trying to take away our guns. He’s just trying to make sure we know where they are and who is buying them. It terrifies me to think that just anyone can go to a gun show and buy a gun without a background check.

Banning assault weapons might be pushing too much. But, who needs a 30 round clip, seriously? Maybe if Canada attacks or something. There are law abiding citizens who own guns who are upset. But, sometimes you need to sacrifice something. Twenty-Six families in Newtown, Connecticut sacrificed a lot more than anyone else.