So this leads me into a state of curiosity. What do Erik's parents think of his profession? I know what MY parents think. My mom sweats Jean-Georges and is grateful for the opportunities he's given us. She stole the New York magazine that featured a handsome Jean-Georges flaunting a giant red lobster on his shoulder from her dentist. My father...well he thinks cooking is fine but that it doesn't matter where you work. He's tried to convince Erik to open a restaurant in small-town-Ohio. Nothing is wrong with small town-but things like "duck" and "sushi" don't even fly there.
But as far as Erik's parent's go I don't REALLY know what they think. They support him and take an interest in his cooking. But would they rather see him making more money and coming home at 5 PM? Probably not.
Have your parents or you chef's parents accepted his profession? Did he "turn out" the way they wanted him to? Better?