Closing My Restaurant Forced Me to Learn How to Take Care of Myself

Chef Elrod LLC, Marlboro, New York

Self-care: Does anyone in the restaurant world even know what that means? Before the end of 2019, I hadn’t given it much thought; if anything, I thought it was a marketing ploy to sell bath bombs to self-indulgent civilians. Then a family crisis coincided with a global pandemic and forced me to close my restaurant. I sat at home, alone, for almost a year. And I realized I didn’t know what self-care was because I had never...