Do you often bring ingredients home
from your restaurants?
José: Sometimes, but I like to shop.
Because you want to know the real price
that things cost for everybody. It’s very
hard to understand what’s happening in
the world if you are away from the world.
If I want to talk about fighting hunger in
America, the average family—how much
they spend—I need to understand that,
because if not, you are not in reality.
What’s he like to live with?
Patricia: When José is at home, after
a few days it’s like: When is your next
trip? And then when he leaves, it’s like:
When is he coming back? Because when
he’s away, my house is quiet. And then
he comes back, it’s really fun. But I need
He’s still fun?
Patricia: He’s still fun.
José: Grumpy, but fun.
Patricia: Grumpy, but fun.
Do you worry about him when he’s
Patricia: Sometimes I do. Especially
because I know the trips take a lot out
of him emotionally.
How have the trips affected him?
Patricia: He was always someone who
didn’t focus on the day-to-day little
things. He always focused on the bigger
things, but now, even more. He’s like,
‘Why do you worry about that? ;ere
are more important things.’ I totally
share with him how if you can, you need
to help. At the same time, I feel like I’m
the balance between that and our family
life. I try to keep him in touch with his
family. He is totally the salt of my life. He
makes my life more tasty. Also, he makes
my life more crazy.
When he’s away and you talk, what
kinds of stories has he shared with
you? Are there any that have really
stuck with you?
Patricia: When we talk, sometimes it’s
on Hampden Ln
All Fired Up
At The Beach
Fancy Cakes by
Liquor & Wine
Noodles & Co.
The Mane Event
The UPS Store
520 Ice Cream of