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The Chef Sessions No. 4 with Adana’s Shota Nakajima – Seattle, WA

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Chef Shota Nakajima began his culinary journey at the age of sixteen, working for a well-acclaimed sushi restaurant in his hometown of Seattle, WA. At the age of eighteen, Nakajima moved to Osaka, Japan to learn about the art of Japanese cuisine. In Japan, Nakajima had the opportunity to work for Michelin Star rated Chef Yasuhiko Sakamoto. As one would expect, this experience changed Chef Shota’s perspective on cooking.

Since returning to Seattle, it has been Nakajima’s dream to convey Chef Sakamoto’s approach to hospitality and Japanese cuisine in the United States.

Learn more about Chef Shota and Adana below.

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Real or Pretend?

My daughter is in a season of deciphering “real” from “pretend.” For her, this leads to a lot of questions about The Little Mermaid and the purple lady, wondering about Facetime, playing real kitchen with pretend food, etc.

Fast forward 30 years, and I’m afraid these questions and scenarios haven’t left me either. Nevertheless, this isn’t dress up – this is happening – this is real. This simple realization, and hopefully a constant reminder, is enough to walk into, with, and out in love throughout our days with all that we do.

When you’re present with your moments, not only do you open yourself to be in love with an idea of something, but you also learn to romance yourself with the processes and laws of nature required of that particular something. You’ll love the flower and you’ll take pleasure in gardening. You’ll love the music and you’ll enjoy learning and honing the instruments. You’ll love the poem and you’ll appreciate the emotions. You’ll love the game and you’ll look forward to practice. You’ll love being a mom or dad and you’ll savor parenting. Our ideas and things we dream about turn to (or stay) pretend when we avoid the gardening, the learning of instruments, the emotions, the practice, the parenting, and so forth.

In the end, when you run from the processes and laws of nature, you will be running straight into the land of ‘pretend’ all the while thinking to yourself “are we there yet?”.

Iris Murdoch once wrote, “Love is the very difficult understand that something other than yourself is real.”

Like I said, my daughter is in a season of deciphering “real” from “pretend.” So am I.

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Know The Preference of the Rules & The Odds Will Be In Your Favor

Discipline prefers someone with a routine. The odds in the game of discipline favor the guy who is constantly cognizant of where the hands are dancing on the clock.

Bravery prefers someone with belief. The odds in the game of bravery favor the faithful followers of their ideals.

Connection prefers congeniality. The odds in the game of connection favor the friendly, selfless, and servant’s heart.

The deck is not as stack against us as the world has taught if you just take time to know what the rules prefer.

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Discipline: The Code & The Shovel

Imagine having had the chance of being behind the scene’s with the likes of Tiger Woods, Picasso, or Edison. Imagine being in Tiger’s gym. Think of Pablo’s studio. Picture Thomas’ lab.

There’s no doubt we would be convicted and probably shocked with the surplus of do-overs, thrown away drafts, ruined canvases, and sheer commitment.

If we were there we would see discipline. Nothing more – nothing less.

Discipline is the code to the artist’s padlock of imagination.

There’s art in all of us and it’s discipline that digs it out.

We often underestimate what we have to do to get what we want to have done.

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Celestial Fire

George Washington once said we should “Labor to keep alive in your chest that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.”

For most purposes, the world will call today the last workday of the year.

But I’m hearing 2013 whistle at us to come on, keep going, and water and grow what was sown in 2012.

Open your chest and put another log on the fire.

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