Dirt Candy, New York City
"Yell less, play more. My kitchen is open and surrounded by counters, so customers see everything: break-downs, scuffles, blood, sweat, and tears (all appropriately restrained by hairnets and gloves, of course). I sometimes come home at night with my voice completely blown, and in the new year I want to try a softer touch with my line. I also know that the best moments in the restaurant come when we play more, whether it's with new ingredients, weird vegetables, funky equipment, or strange chemicals."