Welcome To Restauros: A
Game Of Thrones Celebrity Chef Mash-Up
get to have all the fun? Parks and Recreation characters Game of Thrones Season 3 premieres this Sunday on HBO, in case you live under a rock, or in a faraway land devoid of subway ads, and we couldn’t resist playing casting director. So, we transported the most powerful characters of Celeb Chefdom into the Game of Thrones universe for a little game of Who’s Who. Behold: the Houses of Restauros below.
1.Eddie Huang | Tyrion Lannister
We'd be hard-pressed to find someone in all Celeb Chefdom who excels at out-talking, out-thinking, and eventually out-smarting his peers as artfully as
Tyrion Lannister. Mischievous, yes, but Eddie Huang is also impossibly cunning, and frequently rolling with a thick pack of shorties. Who better to play our Imp?
2.Giada de Laurentiis | Cersei Lannister
Giada the Beautiful seems aptly poised to act as the
Cersei Lannister of Restauros. Perennial winner of the Pretty Person Popularity Contest, the perky and effervescent Giada de Laurentiis would never be expected to pull off cutthroat producer prowess. But have you ever seen her in a pitch meeting on Food Network Star? Homegirl will plot your murder in a heartbeat.
3.Bobby Flay | Jaime Lannister
Well, this one was obvious; if Giada is Cersei, then only
B-Flay can be her Jamie. The golden-haired Wonder Twins of House Lannister have been Food Network stalwarts since the early days. If ever there was a football player/cheerleader power-twin secret-couple, it'd be these two.
4.Marcel Vigneron | Joffrey Baratheon
Borderline sociopathic, villainous boy-king who's drunk with power? Need we say more in the Foamy Wolverine as
Joffrey Baratheon department?
5.Anthony Bourdain | Petyr Baelish
He pledges his allegiance and makes himself useful across all houses (House Travel Channel, House CNN, House Network Primetime) with ease, in spite of their contradictory MOs. Only
Anthony "Littlefinger" Bourdain could finagle the transition from badboy chef to My Little Pony-obsessed dad so convincingly. And, much like Lord Petyr Baelish charmed his way into an impressive amount of power and wealth in spite of being lowborn, Anthony Bourdain made a name for himself in spite of never being revered for his restaurant cheffing. Clever boys.
6.Paul Bocuse | Grand Maester Pycelle
Ancient and wise. Keeper of the rare herbs and secret recipes. Both A little pervy. Yeah,
Paul Bocuse definitely fits the Grand Maester Pycelle bill.
7.Gabrielle Hamilton | Catelyn Stark
If Restauros could muster among its ranks a ruthless matriarch half as brilliant as
Catelyn Stark, it'd be Gabrielle Hamilton. Steadfast in her purpose, unwavering in the face of constant adversity, parental in her energies, Gabrielle, we feel, is the only woman with a hope of overthrowing the Lannisters to avenge her husband's murder.
8.Andrew Zimmern | Eddard Stark
So who plays our dearly departed
Ned Stark, then? Andrew Zimmern, of course! First of all, we're kind of in love with the idea of Gab-Ham and Zimmern being a couple, but also, Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North Andrew Zimmern would rule with honor and justice for all. Sorry about your untimely death. We love you always.
9.Molly Mogren | Arya Stark
It stands to reason, then, that Andrew Zimmern's sidekick
Molly Mogren would play the role of spunky tomboy Arya Stark. She'll be a royal in her own right, some day.
10.Michael Voltaggio | Jon Snow
Brooding and handsome,
Michael "The Angry One" Voltaggio is frequently cast as the black sheep brother of Top Chef-runner up Bryan. In other words: the obvious choice to play Stark bastard son Jon Snow.
11.Bryan Voltaggio | Robb Stark
Bryan "The Quiet One" Voltaggio our golden boy Robb Stark, eldest son and the heir of Winterfell.
12.Richard Blais | Samwell Tarly
The lovable underdog we relentlessly cheer on against all odds? Ladies and gentlemen:
Richard "Samwell Tarly" Blais. Samwell was disowned by his father for cowardice, when really he's just a little sensitive. Blais lost his first attempt at Top Chef for choking on his season finale pork belly dish, only to rise up and win All-Stars. The parallels are clearly defined.
13.Jen Carroll | Daenerys Targaryen
Exiled princess of the Ripert Dynasty, Jen Carroll had to fight her way back to a New York City restaurant opening after she blew up at Tom Colicchio during her Top Chef: All-Stars exit. Then she abandoned her position at Eric Ripert's 10 Arts to strike out on her own, only to have her deal with investors fall through. Stormborn indeed.
14.Spike Mendelsohn | Viserys Targaryen
Spike Mendelsohn and Jen Carroll's love for one another seems for what they claim to be a brother-sister relationship. Are we wrong? awfully romantic in nature
15.Marco Pierre White | Khal Drogo
Sorry about this one, Jen. But we can't think of an undefeated warlord who matches
Khal Drogo's dark and intense energy better than Marco Pierre White.
16.Mario Batali | Robert Baratheon
A New York City restaurant scene OG now forced to sling his dishes on
ABC? Allow us to map out for you Mario Batali's connection to Robert Baratheon with this slightly altered line taken from Robert's Wikipedia bio: "Now [that he's on daytime], Robert has grown fat and miserable; he has no more [kitchen] wars to fight, is surrounded by [the cast of The Chew] plotters and sycophants, and is trapped in a political marriage to the scheming Cersei Lannister [in this case: ], whom he has never loved." Mickey Mouse
17.Tom Colicchio | Stannis Baratheon
courtesy of a Wikipedia bio, Stannis Baratheon is "a brooding, humorless man, known for a hard and unyielding sense of justice...obsessed with slights real and imagined." Can you think of a better candidate for the true heir to the Iron Throne than ruthlessly opinionated Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio? We think not.
18.Padma Lakshmi | Melisandre
And who's the beautiful neck turning Tom's head to her every whim? Why
Padma Lakshmi as Melisandre, of course. Like Melisandre, Padma has partial knowledge of the future when it comes to executing cheftestants, but she also acts as an informal judge on the panel, in spite of being hired as the beautiful priestess (host). According to her bio: "Unlike many other people in Westeros with access to prophecy, Melisandre has absolute faith in her own interpretation...she convinces Stannis of this by using various methods, including seduction." Duh.
19.Hugh Acheson | Renly Baratheon
Renly Baratheon (played by lesser Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson) is convinced by his "secret lover" Loras Tyrell (played by Bravo's EVP of Original Programming and Development Andy Cohen) that he'd make a better king than his elder brother Stannis Baratheon ( Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio), who is the rightful heir to the throne, because Hugh/Renly is "handsome, jovial, throws extravagant balls and masquerades, is a master jouster but is not fond of fighting or bloodshed, and would rather make friends than kill enemies," whereas Tom/Stannis is, as previously stated, "a brooding, humorless man, known for a hard and unyielding sense of justice...obsessed with slights real and imagined." ART IMITATES LIFE, YOU GUYS.
20.Gail Simmons | Margaery Tyrell
Besides the obvious doppelganger parallels we can draw here,
Gail Simmons is clearly the beautiful, quirky, canny, and cunning Margaery Tyrell: savvy widow to Hugh's Renly, who is now betrothed to Marcel's King Joffrey for the sheer power she will inherit. (Abort mission, Gail! Abort!)
21.Anita Lo | Brienne of Tarth
Frighteningly impenetrable. Stronger than most men. Valorous. Yeah,
Anita Lo is definitely Restauros' Brienne of Tarth.
22.Amanda Cohen | Osha
One particular ladychef immediately came to mind when we racked our brains for someone to play kooky savant
Osha: Amanda Cohen! Obviously. Bonus: we also happen to think Amanda would make a great Tonks in Harry Potter.
23.Magnus Nielssen as Himself
Magnus Nielssen should be written into the show because his name sounds like he should be a character, and he definitely lives Beyond The Wall. See: this video of his Swedish homelands.
…Oh wait! You should totally cue this up for ambiance: