Slideshow SLIDESHOW: We Chat With: Our Favorite Quotes from Chefs This Year

[Photographs: Brent Herrig, unless otherwise noted]

We've been interviewing some of New York's most interesting chefs—24 and counting—and often get asked if we encounter a lot of ego and attitude. For the most part, the answer is a resounding "no!" Instead, we've found extremely passionate, focused, humble, close-to-Type-A personalities who, more than anything, believe in creating delicious food and connecting with it to other people.

So while we have chats with Anita Lo of Annisa, Laurie Jon Moran of Le Bernardin, and George Mendes of Aldea on the way (to name just a few), we wanted to look back at some of our favorite remarks from past interviews. Click through the slideshow to see them all.

About the author: Jacqueline Raposo is a writer and frantic private cook who finds incredible inspiration from the chefs above. Alternatively baking at www.thedustybaker.com and tweeting @dustybakergal.

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