Driven by success, Adam Jones is a visionary with a passion for food. He yearns to make food that makes his diners “sick with longing.” He believes in perfection in form—“if it’s not perfect, you throw it away.”
Adam’s exceptionally high standards of himself demand perfection from everybody around him. He is not fun to be around—driven, obsessed with achievement, critical, aloof, and unhappy.
Convinced that attaining his third Michelin star will be the salvation he seeks, for a past full of regret, he drives his team with ferocity. When it seems that his dreams have been dashed, Adam comes face-to-face with his fear of failure and intimacy. Adam’s traits of independence and defensiveness give way to opening up to being helped, and to true creative collaboration. When the Michelin men finally do arrive, Adam has released the need to prove his worth through perfection in form, and announces that, “we do what we do, and we do it together.”
In the Mind of God, there is nothing to prove and no one to impress, for there is “no one,” and no one can stand alone. God’s Sons are inherently perfect, created in His reflection. Let go and give way to the river of love that wants to flow through and gone will be the ways of fear, regret, and striving—for only love remains.