They say a person dies twice, first when their physical body dies and again the last time someone speaks their name. Out of the blue today I was thinking of Chef KC Ma who some of you here will know, either IRL or from his online presence. And no wonder he was on my mind...it was just over two years ago that he passed away in a motorcycle crash.
Since I was thinking of him I figured I'd give his name some new life.
KC could be delightful and exasperating, often at the same time. I knew him only "virtually" having spoken and chatted with him, often on various forums. KC was very opinionated to put it mildly. He and I had very different philosophies on some things, especially sharpening and occasionally cooking. For my part I often was very amused at the amount of outrage KC could generate from his more controversial opinions. People could get really bent out of shape but I never did; I never got the feeling he has trying to be argumentative. Rather he genuinely couldn't comprehend that someone else might disagree with him! The one thing that brought me near to just shaking my head was his oft-stated belief that roux had no place in high end cooking! Sorry, KC- we shall have to agree to disagree on that one!
Keller once said the cliche got the most sick of was being told by people that they were "passionate" about cooking. TK said that's such a meaningless term and no one is passionate all the time. I wonder if he would have changed his mind upon meeting KC? KC genuinely did seem to be filled with a generally buoyant passion for cooking, sharpening and just life itself. It feels simultaneously like he's been gone forever and that he's still here, at the same time.
If this isn't appropriate for the Professional Chef area, then a moderator could move it elsewhere. But I would just like anyone that knew him- either from the scene in California or from the forums he frequented- please post a comment or memory of KC.
Miss your presence, KC! Peace.