EatDrinkDenver recently chatted with Hugo Matheson of The Kitchen community of restaurants, and Matheson discusses how his identity as a chef has shifted: "I was lying in bed recently, thinking, 'If I could do anything, what would it be?' And it would still be a chef. But being a chef requires such devotion; everything else in your world has to make space. I can’t do that now, with a wife and kids. It’s like being an intense painter. Lucien Freud used to come in to a restaurant I worked at in London. He’d be sitting in the dining room, but he looked like he was still in the studio, completely absorbed in his work. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to be able to immerse myself like that in cooking; I remember sleeping on laundry bags [in the back of the house]. It was a great time but you can’t do it forever."
Hugo Matheson [Photo: Yellow Scene]