The chef was smiling, but you somehow could tell he was nervous. The first seating of the night at the bar - where the tasting menus were to be conducted - were practically complete, but his prized ingredients, flown in from the famed Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, were still stuck in the chaos of Friday night traffic. In the meantime, the sake started to flow.
You could literally see the change in Bruce Ricketts' face when the taxi where his Japanese fishmonger was riding in arrived.
"Yes!" he exclaimed after putting down his can of Red Bull. "Fire na! Time check? Pakisabi kailangan ni chef yung uni!" ("Chef needs the uni")