"Food for me is really about joy," Mullen said. "It's a basic need that we all have, but it's a source of pleasure and enjoyment. I could have become a dentist and I could have worked on people's teeth, but what I do, fortunately -- nobody looks forward to going to the dentist, but everybody looks forward to going out to eat. And everybody loves good food, and there is nothing more fulfilling to me than to be able to make something and give it to someone else and see them really, really enjoy it. And I'm giving them nourishment and sustenance, but it also takes it one step further where it's also about pleasure and enjoyment, and that's what food is."