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10 Very Long Careers in the Culinary World

Who says a long life means abstaining?
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Where many started their careers

This is one in a series of stories; visit The Daily Meal Special Report: The Quest for Longevity (and What Food Has to Do With It) for more.

Despite long nights in the kitchen in a career notorious for the toll it takes on its practitioners, these chefs and critics prove that you don’t need to starve yourself to live a long life. They’ve eaten their way around the world and come out on the other side with Michelin stars, book deals, and their names in lights.

Some began their careers in the kitchen, toiling away as line chefs and apprentices and moving up to have their names on the restaurants. Others, like Alice Waters, took twirl in other fields before coming to food. No matter the path there, once they found the culinary world, it stuck. There is more than a century of culinary expertise behind these 10 professionals and each has mentored and launched the next (and the next) generations of chefs, bakers, and critics.

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