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It’s important to be yourself because the MOF competition is a picture of you and your ability. If there are too many people who influence your work, it’s no longer you.

Philippe Urraca, President of the Meilleurs ouvriers de France Pâtissier, in “Kings of Pastry”

It’s hard to stick with your gut when you’re an artist, especially when being the best at your craft means getting judged — formally or informally — by others. 

I liked this documentary about the pastry chefs competing for the MOF title. It’s all about perfection and passion in your craft, and the sometimes strange traditions we use to recognize them. Also, if you aren’t heartbroken when the sugar sculpture breaks (because a sugar piece always breaks in these events), then something’s very wrong with you. 

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Idle dreaming is often the essence of what we do.
Thomas Pynchon (via NYT)

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The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up (via austinkleon)