How Stages Projects Challenges Cooks to Become Better Chefs

Stages at One Washington, Dover, New Hampshire

We started Stages Projects based on the idea of Noma’s Saturday Night Projects, when any cook can present a dish he has been working on for critique. I always loved the idea of that kind of collaboration, about getting that kind of honesty in a positive way. You don’t just say that a dish sucked, you talk about why. It encourages cooks to ask what makes a dish work. That’s...