Daniel Boulud Seeks Order Out of Chaos

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Also, he likes hot dogs. Photo: Melissa Hom

"Everyone I know who is a chef like me has a devouring passion about being truly creative and attending to perfection all the time. We are fanatic about cleanliness, order, avoiding waste. I can see 20, 40 feet away something wrong in the dining room that no one else has seen: a napkin on the floor or a frame that's a little sideways." The acclaimed French chef says a certain kind of obsessiveness leads to excellence. [WSJ. Magazine]