Earlier today CBS This Morning aired a rather heartwarming installment of their Note to Self series with Alinea's Grant Achatz. In the video, the chef reads a letter filled with advice to his younger self, back when he was working at his family's modest restaurant in rural Michigan. "Telling people who you are through your cooking — that can happen," the chef says. You just have to "work harder and better than everyone around you," surround yourself with and trust talented people, and understand that you might die along the way. Great things will happen, the chef says, but he reminds the young Achatz to remember, "You're just a cook."
Video: "Note to Self: Grant Achatz"