“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
I am what I eat. I am what I feed.

I will nourish the world against people's hunger, planet's thirst, and profit's desire. I will write my own definition of success and fold it into a home-baked fortune cookie. I will leave behind carbon footprints warranted by my size 5 feet.

I will put my money where my mouth is. I will keep my family at the center of my plate and surround them with dishes, stories and love that span generations and continents. I will always stop to savor the blessings of my own hearth and the warmth of my children's embrace.

I will concoct innovative ways to open up markets for entrepreneurs and subsistence farmers near and far. I will stir the curiosity among American consumers that leads to informed choices, better health and conscious living. I will shake one of the oldest industries of human history while sustaining ecosystems that are even older. Should I find myself under heat, I will take pride in my intellectual honesty and my ability to roast, sear and broil without using a potholder.

The world is my oyster. My life will inspire a feast.

— Yanni Liu