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?
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.