Robert Pendergast is a caterer, a chef and an oyster shucker extraordinaire.
“After high school, I went to university in Montreal. I didn’t much like school, as it turned out. I dropped all of my courses but one. I began wandering around the city, tasting all the amazing food—or at least what my pocketbook would allow. I tried to follow chefs, emulating what they did. I tasted things I had never had before. When I bought food, I talked to people like the butchers, asking them about specific cuts of meat and what to do with them. And I brought the food home and tried out recipes on my roommate.
“I never did finish university, so I’ll never be smart. But I’ll always eat well.”