Mentor Letters: Kim Floresca on Christopher Kostow

We’re suckers for a good mentor-mentee lovefest. And a good letter.

Last year, a group of chefs came together at Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont to cook, drink, and reflect on those key figures who helped define their careers. The letters, unabridged and heartfelt, originally appeared in the pages of limited-edition print magazine, Bill of Fare. We’ve republished them here for your enjoyment and inspiration.

9/22/2015

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” — P. Lutarch

As I sit here tasked with identifying my mentor, it forces me to think about how I got to where I am today. My name is Kim Floresca and I am a chef.

I have had the privilege to work side by side with some of the most influential people in the world. Long ago I adopted it my responsibility to absorb anything and everything I could from these giants. Each person I meet affects the person I am today.

After a little thought, it is obvious who my mentor is. Christopher Kostow, a man whom personifies “a wise and trusted counselor,” the chef at the three Michelin star restaurant at Meadowood. Christopher taught me to be more than just a cook. He taught me to perceive challenges as something beneficial. Obstacles that force me to deal with them in the most productive way.

Christopher’s greatest strength comes from motivating his staff. He showed me that I was able and ready to do beautiful things. I learned many great lessons from Christopher not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want so you might as well take a chance at doing what you love.

With the greatest of sincerity — to Christopher Kostow, thank you for your time, knowledge and your attention.

Forever in your service,
Kim Floresca

Originally published in BILL OF FARE magazine | Photography by Peter Frank Edwards


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