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?
The stuff of fantasies? Perhaps. But it seems like Good Cop Eric Ripert and Bad Cop Anthony Bourdain are teaming up with Eclat chocolatier Christopher Curtin to craft their very own chocolate bar called Good & Evil. Oh, of course they are.
According to Zagat, the bar will be previewed on November 8th, with a wider release shortly thereafter, although no details yet on where one might procure one of these bars. Is this whole thing conjuring strange Willy Wonka hallucinations for anyone else? Are Eric and Tony strolling about a giant chocolate factory somewhere with silly hats and pimp canes chortling to one another? We have to imagine that they are, and so, naturally, we began speculating wildly about a celebrity chef cast for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. You’re welcome.