That’s Right, I Said “Chef 2 Chef”…But Is Tim Ferris A Shoemaker? A Culinary Poseur? An Eternal Commis? Or, Is He The Real Deal Who Can Hold His Own With Any Of Us In The Chef World?
My fellow culinary rock stars…our profession has been “hacked” by a truly unique individual who has been described as a cross between Jason Bourne and Julia Child. I know…kinda a weird visual, but stay with me here for a minute.
Before I had ever got the opportunity to know Tim Ferriss on a personal level, I had been a HUGE fan of his previous best sellers; The Four Hour Workweek and The Four Hour Body. His perspectives and frameworks on how to look at Entrepreneurship, Digital Marketing, Work/Life balance, Health, Wellness, Lifestyle Design and the 15 Minute Female Orgasm are not only legendary, they are amazingly disruptive to the status quo! In my daily personal and professional life, I implement something that I learned from him with great success.
His latest book is called The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life. This book is very different from Tim’s previous books since there are more than 1,500 photographs and hundreds of illustrations and recipes throughout. (I heard a rumor that I was featured in one of the recipes ♥)
Being an author myself, I also love the way that Tim is publishing, marketing and distributing this book “outside the box” and kinda giving the finger to some short-sighted retailers.
It’s for these and many other reasons that I absolutely love this guy! I don’t give out compliments or adoration easily or frequently, but this guy to me is the modern day Michael Angelo. He has harnessed the power of bigger, better, faster in so many genres that it is mind-boggling to see where his perspective, products and services have canvassed the marketplace. Business Leaders, Strategists and Entrepreneurs can all learn something of value from Tim Ferriss.
Sure…there are the accomplishments and accolades like TWO, Count ’em, TWO F*CKING #1 New York Times Best Selling books – being called “The Superman of Silicon Valley” by Wired magazine as well as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People” and a frequent presenter at SXSW, but what makes Tim such a Rock Star in my book is that he is so genuine and down-to-earth! Many of you who know me well are aware of the fact that I have met or worked with just about everyone who is anyone in our industry…it’s not braggin’…it’s just plain fact. Most of the elite, top-tier Celebrity Chefs/Chef Celebrities tend to have some air about them. I am not saying that’s a bad thing or that they don’t deserve some of it, but what I enjoy most about Tim is that he has not only achieved a remarkable level of success, but he continues to hone his craft and is the consummate student/apprentice.
His work ethic and personality kind of remind me of the Old School Chef’s or Original Gangster Chefs (OGC’s) back in the day that held fame and fortune at arm’s length…mindful that celebrity is a fickle mistress and never forgetting that there was always something more to learn or to improve upon.
That is why I say Tim is “One Of Us” my fellow Chefs….please join me in welcoming him to our club.
Enjoy our interview