I have been watching the Netflix series “Chef’s Table.” Love it! Beautifully done and totally fascinating for a cook like myself. David Gelb, who directed the wonderful “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” is executive producer of the series.

Chef Niki Nayakama is featured in the fourth episode of the first season. I so want to eat at her restaurant, n/naka one day! New life’s ambition.

Niki Nakayama’s family doubted that she could succeed, and they told her so. She says her determination to succeed was in part fueled by their discouragement. She defined the Japanese word “kuyashii” as the feeling you get when someone puts you down and you want to prove them wrong. You use their nay-saying as motivation. What a great idea!

I will take that to heart.