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Born: 1978-07-20
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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Before 'Idol,' I was lost... Now, I've actually followed through with something. I am a better man for it!

Tags: Actually, Idol, Lost

I come from a family with big hearts, so I love to put smiles on people's faces.

Tags: Family, Love, Put

I was introduced to soul music at a very young age - my mom was a soul singer.

Tags: Age, Mom, Music

I'm still Elliott Yamin. I'm still the funky white Jewish boy from Richmond, Va.

Tags: Boy, Jewish, White

Music's something you feel. You have to feel it first before you hear it.

Tags: Hear, Music

Growing up, I can remember singing along with my ma all of the time. I wouldn't say she necessarily 'taught' me how to sing, but she was definitely the first person to inspire me to sing and the first to intrigue me vocally. I've always had a natural ear for music, though.

Tags: Music, Remember, Time

I think the fact that I am living my dream and being really productive and embarking on all my lifelong aspirations is proof enough that if I can do it, anyone can. I try to tell everybody to dream big and go after their dreams.

Tags: Dreams, Enough, Living

My dad's Israeli. He was born in Baghdad to Iraqi Jews. Then, at age two, his parents wanted to move to their homeland and he grew up in Israel. I've been there twice, once as a baby and once when I was 15.

Tags: Age, Dad, Parents

Quite frankly, I'm tired of taking insulin and pumping my stomach every three days and pricking my finger and drawing blood out of it every day - it's a tedious, meticulous, annoying disease that never goes away. And I want to get rid of it like everybody else does.

Tags: Away, Else, Tired

To me, obstacles in life build character. You have to be able to overcome adversity in order to succeed and appreciate the simple things life has to offer... that's where most of my inspiration for writing and singing comes from.

Tags: Character, Life, Simple

When I was a kid, I remember trying to emulate Stevie Wonder's sound, and Donny Hathaway's sound. It's just part of who I am - I'm just a soulful kind of dude.

Tags: Remember, Trying, Wonder

I've never considered myself a celebrity or even part of the entertainment business. I'm a cooking teacher.

Tags: Business, Cooking, Teacher

In general I love to eat anything. I enjoy anything that is well prepared, a good spaghetti, lasagna, taco, steak, sushi, refried beans.

Tags: Enjoy, Good, Love

Soy sauce is really a multi-purpose seasoning.

Tags: Sauce, Seasoning, Soy

The hoopla, the applause, the praises have never excited me.

Tags: Applause, Excited, Praises

Well, you know, if you get into the profession because you think you can make a lot of money, you can never become successful.

Tags: Become, Money, Successful

When you have a good stock, you can make a good soup.

Tags: Good, Soup, Stock

Why is America such a great country. It is because we stand united.

Tags: America, Country, Great

You can do almost anything with soup stock, it's like a strong foundation. When you have the right foundation, everything tastes good.

Tags: Almost, Good, Strong

You don't have to show people how successful you are.

Tags: Show, Successful

Just like if you were brought up on a farm, you would most likely carry on your father's business as a farmer; I was brought up in the kitchen and ended up becoming a chef.

Tags: Business, Chef, Father

The only thing that counts is if you know how to prepare your ingredients. Even if with the best and freshest ingredients in the world, if your dish is tasteless or burnt, it's ruined.

Tags: Best, Prepare, Ruined

The problem with a lot of Chinese is that they put up divisions between Taiwanese, Hong Kong natives, mainlanders. We are never united. I really hope that the Chinese can be more united.

Tags: Hope, Problem, Put

People who don't travel cannot have a global view, all they see is what's in front of them. Those people cannot accept new things because all they know is where they live.

Tags: Accept, Cannot, Travel

Happiness is within. It has nothing to do with how much applause you get or how many people praise you. Happiness comes when you believe that you have done something truly meaningful.

Tags: Done, Happiness, Within

When I retire or pass away, I will be able to look back and say that this has been an exciting life. That's all that matters.

Tags: Able, Away, Life
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When you enjoy what you do, work becomes play.

Tags: Becomes, Enjoy, Work

Some people never contribute anything positive to society, they may even drain our resources, but most of us try to do something better, to give back.

Tags: May, Positive, Society

So when I do Chinese cooking, I mix everything together, then the kids have to eat their vegetables. They won't have the patience to pick them out.

Tags: Kids, Patience, Together

A lot of people don't enjoy their job, they may even hate it, but I am lucky enough to be able to make a living through my passion.

Tags: Hate, Job, Passion

I live a very low-key life.

Tags: Life

If I could only have one type of food with me, I would bring soy sauce. The reason being that if I have soy sauce, I can flavor a lot of things.

Tags: Bring, Food, Reason

I think a lot of times it's not money that's the primary motivation factor; it's the passion for your job and the professional and personal satisfaction that you get out of doing what you do that motivates you.

Tags: Job, Money, Passion

Anyone that has come to America past the age of eighteen will be able to understand when I say that you can never shake your accent.

Tags: Age, Past, Understand

As long as the food is well prepared and not overdone, I think it tastes good. It doesn't matter if it's Chinese, Japanese, anything.

Tags: Food, Good, Matter

At thirteen, when I arrived in Hong Kong after leaving China, I made a living by working in a restaurant.

Tags: After, Leaving, Living

Because normally with Western cuisine, you'll serve vegetables separate from the meat, so kids will eat the meat and never touch the vegetables.

Tags: Eat, Kids, Touch

Chinese culture has a lot of virtues that are tremendously valuable to not only us as Asian-Americans, but also the world in general.

Tags: Culture, General, Valuable

First of all, I can't really claim to be a great chef.

Tags: Chef, Claim, Great

I also have a lot of preserved foods, things that will keep for a long time like dried fish, seaweed or lotus seed.

Tags: Fish, Keep, Time

I am just a normal professional with a great job and a great life.

Tags: Great, Job, Life

I can represent my culture while helping not only the Chinese-American community, but also the community at large.

Tags: Community, Culture, While

I don't like to waste anything. Any food left over from the night before is always eaten the next day.

Tags: Food, Next, Night

I enjoy the quiet life.

Tags: Enjoy, Life, Quiet

I have a lot of cooking tools. In fact I have a whole drawer full of knives. Cooking tools, especially cutlery, are my toys.

Tags: Cooking, Fact, Whole

I normally don't eat junk food.

Tags: Eat, Food, Junk

I remember when I was in college, I used to watch Julia Child's cooking show during dinner and joke with my roommates about becoming a TV chef.

Tags: Child, College, Remember

I think being famous is more of a hindrance, a constraint, than just letting yourself be free.

Tags: Famous, Free, Yourself
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