El Jefe and the gang is back: now that Jon Favreau and Open Road Films have announced a re-release of the movie Chef at the end of the month, it's safe to assume that the move is all about nabbing those awards -- you know, Oscars and such. (The Hollywood Reporter shares that when Chef hits theaters again August 29, film guild members will be able to see it for free, so more incentive to see it and vote for it.) But does Chef have what it takes to go all the way? Is Favreau et al. hungry enough to get after it? Our analysis ahead:
Every week the Grub Street Diet breaks down local celebrities’ dining habits like a small intestine tell-all, and if you’ve ever wondered how fat a wallet it takes to fill Andrew Knowlton’s belly with Prime Meats, whiskey and Cheetos, or hydrate Stephanie LaCava at Sant Ambroeus, The Braiser’s doing the math to give you the skinny.
Last night, Food Network Magazine threw its homegirl (and newest crowned Iron Chef) Alex Guarnaschelli a book launch party at her NYC restaurant Butter, in celebration of her latest title Old School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned To Cook. Rather than the stuffy elbow-rub-athon that these things tend to be, the event was basically a celebrity chef lovefest of epic proportion.
Treme alums Wylie Dufresne, Alfred Portale, and Jonathan Waxman all stopped by to wish her well. (Fun degrees-of-separation fact: Wylie is married to the editor-in-chief of Food Network Magazine, and we spent the entire night lusting over her springy ensemble).
Self-professed Food Network newb Justin Warner showed up to assume his rightful place in celeb chefdom.
Not pictured below, but also spotted: Chef Josh Capon, Butter/Top Chef: Las Vegas alum Ashley Merriman, erstwhile TC:JD host Johnny Iuzzini (in full beard and wearing a motorcycle jacket, natch), and Food Network Goddess of Programming (her official title) Susie Fogelson.