Category: Chefs

Anthony Bourdain on Rachael Ray

Another Tony Quote:

Complain all you want. It’s like railing against the pounding surf. She only grows stronger and more powerful. Her ear-shattering tones louder and louder. We KNOW she can’t cook. She shrewdly tells us so. So…what is she selling us? Really? She’s selling us satisfaction, the smug reassurance that mediocrity is quite enough. She’s a friendly, familiar face who appears regularly on our screens to tell us that “Even your dumb, lazy *** can cook this!” Wallowing in your own crapulence on your Cheeto-littered couch you watch her and think, “Hell…I could do that. I ain’t gonna…but I could–if I wanted! Now where’s my damn jug a Diet Pepsi?” Where the saintly Julia Child sought to raise expectations, to enlighten us, make us better–teach us–and in fact, did, Rachael uses her strange and terrible powers to narcotize her public with her hypnotic mantra of Yummo and Evoo and Sammys. “You’re doing just fine. You don’t even have to chop an onion–you can buy it already chopped. Aspire to nothing…Just sit there. Have another Triscuit…Sleep….sleep….”

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Anthony Bourdain on Sandra Lee

If you are reading this, you must know I’m a Bourdain fan, amongst others. Come on “Hungry 4 More”? Tony captures my thoughts on several subjects; one is the lazy lackadaisical cooking of many TV food stars. Here’s what he has to say about Semi-Homemade Cooking With Sandra Lee:

She makes her audience feel good about themselves. You watch her on that show and you think, “I can do that. That’s not intimidating.” All you have to do is waddle into the kitchen, open a can of crap and spread it on some other crap that you bought at the supermarket. And then you’ve done something really special. The most terrifying thing I’ve seen is her making a Kwanzaa cake. Watch that clip and tell me your eyeballs don’t burst into flames. It’s a war crime on television. You’ll scream.

— Anthony Bourdain

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Food & Wine Magazine Best New Chefs

Last night Food & Wine Magazine announced their Best New Chefs. The winners are listed below along with their respective restaurant(s) and city.

  • Nate Appleman: A16 and SPQR, San Francisco
  • Bryan Caswell: Reef, Houston:
  • Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook: Animal, Los Angeles
  • Kelly English: Restaurant Iris, Memphis
  • Mark Fuller: Spring Hill, Seattle
  • Linton Hopkins: Restaurant Eugene and Holeman and Finch Public House, Atlanta
  • Chris Kostow: Meadowood, St. Helena, CA
  • Paul Liebrandt: Corton, New York City
  • Barry Maiden: Hungry Mother, Boston
  • Naomi Pomeroy: Beast, Portland, OR
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Cat Cora and Wife Jennifer both Pregnant

Iron Chef’s Cat Cora is expecting her third–and fourth–sons! Cat will give birth three months after her wife, Jennifer Cora, 37. Their four children have the same sperm donor.  Cat says,” Jennifer carried my embryo and I carried hers. It’s like surrogating, but obviously all of our kids are equal.

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