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?
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.
There is a reason that we keep tuning in to Andrew Zimmern's podcast Go Fork Yourself (and not just for Sriracha feuds or celeb chef spotting etiquette). If anything, Zimmern and his sidekick Molly Mogren continue to be our voices of reason, and nothing quite illuminates their sanity than the latest episode of Go Fork Yourself.
When I was a young, bookish child, I could spend hours reading over written descriptions about food, different foods, imagining what they might taste like. The fantastical heartiness of Chicken Soup With Rice that inspired me to eat rice from the rice cooker and leftover ginger chicken broth for a week. The precisely rendered recipes in Little House On The Prairie that I failed to recreate. The English simplicity of a picnic in The Secret Garden that made me run to the encyclopedia, curious about clotted cream because it sounded so good. In fact, I’d credit children’s books — and books about food in particular — with sparking my desire to write well, and to eat well.
The following books would not have done that.
With yesterday’s news that a children’s book about Julia Child’s life will be published later this month, I quickly realized: there must be a fair amount of celebrity chefs writing books targeted at the young ‘uns. And the books that they’re writing are kind of frightening, mostly because many of them are endorsed by the Food Network. They’re capturing their market at a young age. Just like the tobacco industry! (Not that we’re comparing the Food Network to the tobacco industry… we’re just, you know, pointing out their savvy marketing tendencies.)