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July 21 2015 7:16 AM

What’s It Like to Be a Chef?


Answer by Jonas Mikka Luster, former cook, jml.is/en/:



Let's break it down, shall we? Chefs work weekends, nights, holidays, through their birthdays, their anniversaries, everything. We work when everyone else parties; we sleep when everyone else is at the beach. When you're out to drink into a new year or to the Colts winning the Super Bowl, we work.


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July 20 2015 7:53 AM

How Do You Become Vegetarian if You Enjoy Eating Meat?

Answer by Jonas Mikka Luster, former cook, jml.is/en:

Here's the thing: You're already a vegetarian. Well, a vegetarian plus, but you eat all the things vegetarians eat already. So now you have to find out what it takes to eliminate the things they don't.

July 19 2015 8:14 AM

Who Was the Greatest Wizard: Gandalf, Merlin, or Dumbledore?

Answer by Ernest W. Adams, game design consultant, Tolkien reader since 1968:

I'm going to start with a literary, rather than a fanboy (Do you think the Thing could beat the Hulk?), approach to this. I'm also completely ignoring TV and movies and sticking to written sources.

July 18 2015 8:20 AM

Do Restaurant Staff Eat the Kitchen’s Leftovers?

Answer by Jonas Mikka Luster, restaurant owner, certified master chef:

Some do, some don't. That's a question of restaurant policy and restaurant culture.

There are sendbacks. Those are just eaten by the least well-treated of staff. No one who works in food should ever have to be so hungry that he has to eat someone else's food off a half-eaten plate. Sadly, it happens, especially in chain dining.

July 17 2015 7:17 AM

What’s It Like to Be a Teen Working in Silicon Valley?

Answer by Alexandr Wang, Quora performance engineer:

The short answer is that it's not that different from being a twentysomething working in Silicon Valley. Only a few years separate an 18-year-old and a 21-year-old, and in most respects, they'll have a pretty similar experience working in tech. But, for this answer to be interesting and meaningful, I'll mostly be focusing on the differences. Of course, I'll be speaking from my own experience, which could be very different from other teens working in Silicon Valley.

July 16 2015 7:09 AM

How Can I Run Faster Than Usain Bolt?

Answer by Alex Suchman, runner for 12-plus years:

You want to run like Usain Bolt, you say? Here's what you need to do. Let me warn you, though: It's impossible for almost all of us, and for the rest, it still isn't easy.

Step 1: Be a genetic freak. 

Natural ability is more important in sprinting than any other sport I know. Many sports, like soccer, require athletes to spend years learning complex skills. Less physically gifted players can gain an edge with better technique. Sprinting is on the other end of the spectrum. Everyone knows how to run, and although you can improve your technique to a degree, that's mostly determined by your natural biomechanics. Conditioning is important, but that's just the icing on the cake.

July 15 2015 7:36 AM

Why Is Clarence Thomas So Disliked?

Answer by Ty Doyle, lawyer:

I think there are a few major reasons, some of which are fair, others of which are not.

Justice Clarence Thomas replaced a liberal giant and trailblazer, Thurgood Marshall. It was galling to many that the first black justice and a fighter for Warren-era liberalism was replaced by an originalist who was strongly opposed to what he viewed as the Warren court's excesses. It angered many on the left that Marshall was being replaced with someone who wanted to push back on his legacy.

July 14 2015 7:16 AM

Which Types of Sushi Best Test a Sushi Chef’s Abilities?

Answer by Kaz Matsune, private sushi chef, sustainable fish director at Breakthrough Sushi:

Traditional Edomae or Tokyo-style sushi chefs consider teate, or prep work, an important part of their skills. Teate consists of salt-and-vinegar curing, lightly searing and smoking, or soy marinating as the techniques to enhance the flavor of fish, carrying the tradition from the time when Nigiri was invented. Edo-style sushi chefs thrive on their teate techniques to make fish taste better than when they were raw. Therefore, any sushi showcasing the sushi chef's teate would be a good one to test his skill.

July 13 2015 7:28 AM

How Do You Respond to a Child Who Asks Lots of Questions?

Answer by Shefaly Yogendra, engineer, MBA with a Ph.D. in decision-making:

Count your blessings! A curious and intelligent child is a gift to cherish and do one's best with.

I have been that child. Thanks to my father's vast knowledge, enormous patience, and immense creativity, I developed both curiosity and the lack of hesitation in asking about things I do not know.

July 12 2015 7:25 AM

Which Is Better: Star Wars or Star Trek?

Answer by Jon Ferreira, American stage director:

The Pros and Cons of Star Wars

Although I was exposed to Star Wars first, as I grew older and more discriminating,Star Trek offered me more substance and what I needed as a more mature adult. I agree with what many have said about Star Wars being very black and white, pitting good against evil, and filled with common archetypes. George Lucas drew heavily on Japanese film and culture and the mythology of Joseph Campbell. His movies are epic and rightfully called space operas. They have a very overblown, deeply felt, dramatic tone to them and are very operatic in style.