Homaro's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Aussie Girls

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Chicago, IL

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 6

  • ON DVD:

HOMARO CANTU

Chef/Inventor
Moto Restaurant

“As long as you’re passionate and can find your creative niche, there’s nothing that you can’t achieve. I know that sounds cliché and ridiculous, but this place [Moto] is living proof. The answers are out there, we just have to tap into that creative side.”

INTERESTS:

Food Science

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Dedication Determination Focus Hard Work Negativity Perseverance Simplicity Struggle Chance Passion

FOUNDATION:

Problem-Solving Being Creative

TAGS:

commitment, cooking, creativity, culinary school, guidance, inventing, Iron Chef, learning, living out of a car, new york times, nothing comes easy, solving problems, start small, time, unemployment, what if, work for free

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Chef Cantu experiments with “futuristic” and modern foods, plays with the physics of food.
  • Says any of the difficulties he’s faced with his restaurant are nothing compared to the challenges of working for someone else.
  • Grew up very poor, was homeless for some time; says when you “live a life of simplicity,” you start wondering how you can solve problems.
  • He had an interest in pyrotechnics, mechanics; he’d take apart something like a lawnmower and try to invent new things with the parts.
  • Was working at a fast-food restaurant and living out of his car; a friend encouraged him to apply for culinary school.
  • After graduating, he’d knock on the door of any and every restaurant and offer to work for free.
  • Once he had enough experience, he flew to Chicago with no money, no place to stay, and convinced his hero, Chef Trotter, to hire him.
  • Says even when he was working 18-hour shifts, he’d keep things interesting by inventing new gadgets and concepts on his own time.

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