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Paul Prudhomme

Prudhomme in 2008
Born (1940-07-13)July 13, 1940
Opelousas, Louisiana, U.S.
Died October 8, 2015(2015-10-08) (aged 75)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Spouse(s) Kay Prudhomme (deceased)
Lori Bennett (2010 – his death)
Website www.chefpaul.com
Culinary career
Cooking style Cajun cuisine, Louisiana Creole cuisine

I love people, and I'm excited that I can turn them on.
Have fun. Do something nobody else had done before, or has done since.
If you have acid in food, you need to sugar it. At a high temperature, the acids are changed to sugar.
Paul Prudhomme
I'd like to have the first restaurant that can deliver incredible quality food to your table at your house at any time-right where you live.
Paul Prudhomme
Some people absorb in different ways. I didn't realize until I was 15 years old how much I retained.
Paul Prudhomme
I opened my own restaurant when I was 17. I went broke, then traveled around the country, learning about different kinds of foods, had three other restaurants that went broke. It didn't all start just a few years ago!
Paul Prudhomme
We didn't do wrong things because we didn't want to embarrass our parents.
Paul Prudhomme
It's the sense of what family is at the dinner table. It was the joy of knowing mother was in the kitchen making our favorite dish. I wish more people would do this and recall the joy of life.
Paul Prudhomme
We trust something in a grocery store and assume it's good. We don't learn about the most precious thing in life-the food we put in our body. Educate yourself!
Paul Prudhomme
When I travel I normally eat club sandwiches or I bring my own food. When you go into a new town, it's very had to find a good place to eat.
Paul Prudhomme
Cajun is country food by farmers and fisherman that arrived in Louisiana from Acadiana, Canada.
Paul Prudhomme
You don't need a silver fork to eat good food.
When you've got a great business going, you go open another and take the risk of losing the whole thing. It's fun!
Paul Prudhomme
In '71 or '72 I returned to New Orleans and stayed there. I started cooking Louisiana food. Of all the things I had cooked, it was the best-and it was my heritage.
Paul Prudhomme
I didn't want to do just another set of recipes. I think that's useless.
Paul Prudhomme
I'm a professional cook. I've worked with other cooks from all over the world, but my family is not that way – they're always lived within 25 miles of my hometown!
Paul Prudhomme
I would work as a cook, get a little money, then open another restaurant.
Don't get fancy. Have you cooked an apple pie? You don't know what you did wrong? Do this: Take two or three apples. Put them on a table. Study them.
Paul Prudhomme
I don't think life is to be taken too seriously. Take it too seriously, and it'll getcha.
Paul Prudhomme
Creole is New Orleans city food. Communities were created by the people who wanted to stay and not go back to Spain or France.
Paul Prudhomme
One of the problems of our youth is that the family unit is broken up. When we'd sit down to dinner together as a family, we'd learn about each other. We had something people don't get today.
Paul Prudhomme
We closed the restaurant in New Orleans and brought the entire staff to San Francisco. But we had to go home.
Paul Prudhomme
What I think and what the world thinks is totally different.
My mother would put me on a wooden box at the stove and tell me to call her if certain things would happen. Like if the steam turns blue, that is danger!
Paul Prudhomme
The bad part about being recognized is that when I walk into a restaurant and sit down, I've got to eat everything on the plate, whether it's good or bad. People would take it as an insult if I did otherwise.
Paul Prudhomme
When I am done with this meal you can have my life. It is heaven.
I'm just here and I'm doin' the best I can. If you don't understand that, then what can I do?
Paul Prudhomme
I opened a restaurant that had nothing but California wines.
We're working people, and that's what we like to do, work.
We had no electricity, no gas. Food was probably our greatest entertainment – the most fun thing that we could do was food.
Paul Prudhomme
I wait for the next opportunity to have something to do with food. If I get rested, my mind just starts creating new dishes – click, click, click.
Paul Prudhomme
After failing four times and after working for other people and realizing that nobody paid attention to the food like they should have, we wanted to just pay attention to the food and service.
Paul Prudhomme
I think the most wonderful thing in the world is another chef. I'm always excited about learning new things about food.
Paul Prudhomme
One of my missions was to teach.
I believe in America. I'm one of those silly flag wavers.