Its too tough for me, he told owner Alain Allegretti, a son of Nice who worked at Michelin two star Le Chantecler and three-star Alain Chapel before coming to Le Cirque 2000 as co-executive chef in 2001. But you just come from a year at El Bulli, his boss protested. They had a kitchen full of cooks, responded the whiney slacker as he left. I cant afford a cook just to glaze the lamb all night and brush the lamb and tell the lamb how pretty it is, the chef-patron told me. In this kitchen a cook has to keep three or four things going at once.
We understand, Al. This city is a hard place and tends to weed out the non-hackers.