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The Chef Sessions No. 1 with Tyson Cole

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Tyson Cole co-founded Uchi in 2003 as the restaurant’s Executive Chef. Before Uchi, he was a passionate student of the Japanese sushi tradition, training for more than 10 years in a variety of roles from dishwasher to head sushi chef in Tokyo, New York, and Austin, under two different sushi masters. Formative years were spent at Musashino, one of Austin’s top sushi restaurants, where he completed an intensive traditional apprenticeship under owner Takehiko Fuse. The two spent time in Japan, where Tyson experienced the food and gained technical skill. Fuse challenged him to learn the Japanese language, which helped Tyson learn more about the cuisine. He later trained at Bond Street, one of the busiest sushi restaurants in New York City. After Uchi opened in 2003, Tyson was recognized as one of Food and Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs of 2005. In 2010, he opened Uchiko and in 2011, he celebrated the release of the Uchi Cookbook. Later that year, Tyson also received a James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Southwest.

I’ve taken numerous friends to Uchi over the years and we are all always overjoyed with surprise and delight.

Below are some of my favorite standard dishes you can find at Uchi!

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hama chili – photo by logan crable

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yokai berry – photo by heather hawkins

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brussels sprouts – photo by logan crable

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machicure – photo by kirstin gilliam

Chef Tyson Cole joins us in this first episode of The Chef Sessions for Let The Music Play Podcast as we discuss his culinary story, what keeps him curious, the culture of Uchi, and his hope for their customers.

You can stream or download this episode and all other episodes of Let The Music Play Podcast in iTunes or at AshtonGustafson.com.

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The Space Between (Part 2).

The space between creativity and something new being crafted is me.

The space between me and you is compassion.

The space between compassion and awareness is empathy.

The space between empathy and action is love.

And that is the space that changes the world.

I’ve connected quite a few dots since Part 1.

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Stop Conforming

 The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain.

-Colin Wilson, British Author

Stop.

Stop with complaining.

Stop with the coveting.

Stop believing you do not have a choice.

Stop thinking that someone else is responsible for your current course.

Stop accepting decent.

Rather, start.

Start something.

Start the pursuit of extraordinary in all things.

Start to dream.

Start to DO.

This thing is on you and your partnership with The Muse.

In-lieu of conforming start thinking differently. Sounds cliché, but give it whirl.

A mentor from afar of mine, Donald Miller, (that’s one who has written things that I’ve read and listened to, not one who actually has physically mentored me) once said: “You will either write your own story, or someone else will.”

I think the same goes for our music. We either will write it for ourselves or adopt the waltz of another’s noise.

#LTMP

 

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Gift Gratitude

Creativity is in you – but you must create.
Ideas are in you – but you must think and dwell to find them.
Story is in you – but you must live it.
Song is in you – but you must pick up the instruments.
You are foot equipped – run with decision.
You are hand equipped – serve.
You are eye equipped – focus.
You are ear equipped – tune in.
Gratitude towards these gifts leads us to only one option. That is to use and showcase them the way the Giver intended.
Unwrap your gifts.

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