“Not everyone can become a great artist, …”

“Not everyone can become a great artist, …”

Mình muốn lưu lại lời của nhà phê bình ẩm thực Anton Ego, một nhân vật trong bộ phim hoạt hình Ratatouille huyền thoại của Pixar, ở đây trên The Too Blue Scientist.

Mình không nhớ đã đọng lại gì từ khi xem bộ phim này mười mấy năm trước (!), nhưng giờ thì những đoạn này lại gợi cho mình rất nhiều từ khoá.

Có vẻ như bộ phim cố định ở đó, chỉ có mình leo lên dòng thời gian đi qua bộ phim.

Mời bạn lắng nghe và đọc.

“In many ways, the work of a critic is easy.

We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read.

But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.

But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends.

Last night, I experienced something new: an extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about fine cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core.

In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau’s famous motto, “Anyone can cook.” But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant.

Not everyone can become a great artist; but a great artist can come from anywhere.

It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau’s, who is, in this critic’s opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be returning to Gusteau’s soon, hungry for more.”

Anton Ego