Harsh Truths: Failure Is Always on the Table When Opening a Restaurant

July 24, 2015

After relocating her hit New York City restaurant, Amanda Cohen asks what role failure plays in the restaurant business.

I sometimes question the wisdom of writing honest articles about being a chef. People love the illusion that’s been sold to them by a multi-billion dollar industry, they enjoy pretending they know how restaurants work, so is it actually good for my career to let anyone see me sweat? Whenever I talk about the reality of running a restaurant, I see comments about how I don’t know what I’m doing from individuals whose only experience in restaurants is their subscription to Food…