David Thompson is the world’s best Thai chef. Bar none. His restaurant in London, Nahm, was the first Thai restaurant to be awarded a Michelin Star and has won more awards than you can poke a stick of lemongrass at. Even more extraordinarily, David was asked by the King of Thailand to come to the Royal Palace and teach his staff how to do Royal Thai Cooking properly – that’s the really finicky stuff where presentation and how you ‘plate something up’ is even more important than it is on Masterchef. So when I went to interview David I thought he would be an incredibly precise person. An absolute perfectionist.
How refreshing and wonderful is it that someone who is responsible for such incredibly creative and beautiful output says the key to living well is to totally stuff things up more often?
And how deeply do we all need to take that advice, particularly when we’re young and desperate to avoid looking foolish?