We live in the world of "egotarian cuisine," or, as Andrew Zimmern recently put it, "the age where no one is allowed to criticize the best chefs and restaurants in the world." Fair enough, we thought. Surely the best restaurants in the world can't be perfect, right? Right?
So, in order to give some really fair and balanced views of the world's best restaurants, we turned to the ever-reliable, ever-crazy customers unafraid to air their true opinions of a joint: Yelp. In a new series, we're digging through some of the most renowned restaurants' Yelp feedback to paint an accurate picture of what you're really getting for your dollar. As we suspected, Yelpers are hilariously jaded, bringing down the so-called best of the best.
While Richard Blais landed a sweet gig judging on this next Boston season of Top Chef, he landed yet another TV gig -- this time on the infamous Food Network. Could Blais, already the master of celebrity chefness (you've hit it big when you shill cat food, we guess?) give the Food Network a winning show?
Some of today’s biggest celebrity chefs have never worked in a restaurant kitchen, some of them have been sought out, packaged, and produced by Food Network on the basis of their TV presence, and some make a living slinging every kind of frozen meal and kitchen appliance imaginable.
So, we thought we’d take you through a brief history of celebrity chefs (you know, like, back from when they actually cooked), to give you a better sense of how our culinary landscape has changed, and so you can appear extremely educated next time you have a chat with Anthony Bourdain about 17th century cuisine. (It happens.)
And we’re not starting with Julia Child, either. We’re going way back. Like back to the Renaissance. Let’s get started.