What My Mom Taught Me: Celebrity Chefs

With Mother's Day right around the corner, we asked some of our favorite chefs and cookbook authors to share cooking tips and lessons they learned from their moms. Here's a look at how those early days spent in the kitchen and at the table helped shape their lives, careers and cooking styles (22 Photos)

Caroline Russock on May 6, 2013 at 1:20PM

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What My Mom Taught Me: Celebrity Chefs

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“It’s impossible for me to imagine my career without the influence of my mother and her mother, Mamita Amada, who is the namesake of my first restaurant, Amada (it means beloved). Working alongside them in the kitchen growing up and learning to prepare and serve traditional Ecuadorian foods under their tutelage is one of my most meaningful memories and cemented for me my desire to cook for people for a living.” —Jose Garces, Iron Chef, author of Latin Evolution and owner of Garces Restaurant Group, Philadelphia

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