A recent obsession of mine has been the Netflix original series Chef’s Table, featuring a world renowned chef on each episode. Alongside a portrait of their culinary achievements, the documentary explores a chef’s source of dedication and interpretations of life. On a recent episode, Argentinian native Francis Mallmann, a rugged culinary rogue, reflects on the path that he chose for himself:
“My life has been a path at the edge of uncertainty.
Today I think we educate kids to be settled in a comfortable chair. You have your job, you have your little car, you have a place to sleep, and the dreams are dead. You don’t grow on a secure path. All of us should conquer something in life. And it needs a lot of work, and it needs a lot of risk.
In order to grow and to improve, you have to be there, at the edge of uncertainty.
“There’s a whisper on the night wind. There’s a star gleamed to guide us, and the wild is calling, calling.
Let us go.”
If I were to choose an ideology that represented how I felt about living, this would be a herculean competitor. Though I’m not a world-class culinary marvel, cooking on an island in Patagonia, there are ties to be formed between what we do back in the land of 9-5. It’s not a particularly exciting adventure, but doesn’t that make the challenge to live “at the edge of uncertainty” even greater and more rewarding?
This show has been one of my biggest motivations for starting this blog and beginning to alter my current lifestyle. Not only do I aim to be more socially conscious, but also I want to be more adventurous in creating a life that isn’t just a 9-5 work week. I want to be better at living “at the edge of uncertainty,” as intimidating as that might be.
Photography: C&G Co. | Hannah Walke