Silver Plate winner Mark Freeman, senior manager of global employee services at Microsoft in Redmond, Calif., would rather be sailing, fears dancing and would like to dine with Walt Disney.
Each day is never the same as the next or last. This is what gets me up in the morning every day. Our industry is exciting and so diverse that you never get bored.
Not having enough time to dream. It seems like there is so much going on every day that there isn’t time to think up what will be the next innovation.
Helping to raise my kids to be outstanding members of society.
Barbeque for 10,000 people, “next week and we don’t want the normal hot dogs, beans and hamburgers. We want stir-fry, steaks and corn on the cob.”
Sailing, preferably where the sun shines all the time.
First, I wish I had a talent for playing a musical instrument. Second, I admire the passion it takes to be a chef. They really can do magic with their talent, and I wish I had the time, ability and patience to participate in that craft.
I wish I could be more patient. Whenever I get an idea in my head I just want to get it done and then move on to the next thing.
Nelson Mandela and Mohammad Ali for enduring the hardship of sticking to their convictions.
Going to a new Seattle restaurant every week to taste the good the bad and the ugly.
Hummus, carrots and Greek yogurt (I’m on a diet now).
Conch fritters in Belize.
Live each day fully and enjoy life.
I think I would go back to the times of the sailing explorers. They never knew what to expect around the next corner. I especially would have wanted to have been on George Vancouver’s search party of Puget Sound. It is so beautiful out there and has so many unknowns.
Accepting me as I am and not trying to make me something I’m not.
Sailing in the Caribbean on a 55-foot monohull sailboat with a sail full of wind and the sun warming the blue water enough for swimming when we get to a deserted island.
Walt Disney. He was such a forward thinker and I would have loved to hear more about his dreams.
A ceramic bee that was given to me by my grandmother. It sat on her table and always had honey in it. I remember always sticking my finger in the honey when I visited.
Sailing in the Marquesas Islands.