Mentor Letters: Philip Krajeck, Rolf and Daughters
To Philippe Robles.
April 18, 2016
Philip Krajeck gave the whole food world whiplash when he opened Rolf and Daughters in 2012. People could not take their eyes off Nashville, and they still can't. Krajeck has a lot to do with that.
As is the case with most brilliant creators, someone along the way had a lot to do with helping him get there.
Last year, a group of chefs came together at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont to cook, drink, and reflect on those key figures who helped define their careers. The unabridged letters originally appeared in the pages of limited-edition print magazine, Bill of Fare, and we've republished them here so you can get a little misty-eyed and send a few ill-advised (but WORTH IT) maudlin texts to your own mentors.
Chef, let me start by saying thank you. Thank you for teaching me the fundamentals of cooking. Thank you [for] teaching me how to work hard, clean, fast and organized. Thank you for teaching me how to taste and develop my palate.
The techniques you taught me are the backbone of my food today. Every day we worked together, you an example of consistency. Whatever was happening in the moment you remained calm, focused and most importantly patient.
Everything I learned from you has contributed to the success I have in this moment. Know that I do not take it for granted and will continue to push hard to become better everyday!