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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Jamie's Secret

Today's NYT gives us a sneak peek at an article on celebrity chef Jamie Oliver that will be in the weekend magazine section. The piece describes Jamie's visit to a West Virginia town that's statistically the unhealthiest in the US. He's there to try to get people to learn how to cook.

But there's an interesting subtext: Jamie was an abysmally poor student - dyslexic, and always in the "special needs" group. Almost magically - perhaps because he was able to help out in his father's pub - he discovered his interest in food, and (the article mentions somewhere) is now - as the result of TV shows, books, restaurants - worth over $65 million.

The simple lesson he provides? Know what you're good at and stay away from what you're bad at. That's it. Food for thought.