It's a special moment when you realize another mortal being understands you: your wants, your needs, your desires, and yes, your cravings for breakfast burritos. And we have found that in Jim Gaffigan, thanks to his delightful new book Food: A Love Story. Is this not our own love story, Jim?!
If you've ever wondered what Jamie Oliver looks like singing a Taylor Swift song ... we'd ask you why you would ever wonder that. But now we know, and it's still kind of weird. But the cakes look good!
It's time to face the facts: if you want to open a restaurant that is a) not ginormous, b) not in Las Vegas, and c) does not serve donkey sauce, you are not going to ever be a millionaire. Sorry to disappoint.
It's been a bode for female chefs this month, after Acquavit'sEmma Bengtsson landed a second Michelin star for the restaurant. She's only the second female executive chef to have two Michelin stars under her belt (the first being Dominique Crenn in San Francisco). Turns out, Bengtsson almost didn't take the job in the first place. With the wave of her success, it's safe to say now: no more excuses, lady chefs.
In a piece for The Guardian, Lucy Cavendish and William Skidelsky launched into a debate over whether today’s TV chefs need to be sex symbols in order to succeed, citing, as their primary example, Paul Hollywood. For those of you unfamiliar with the food TV scene across the pond, Hollywood is the piercingly blue-eyed, salt-and-pepper-haired host of The Great British Bake Off, whom the piece describes as “handsome, well-groomed, authoritative and yet somehow reassuringly manly.” Maybe it’s just the name, but he sounds an awful lot like a certain flame-shirted “bad boy” we have Stateside. But more on that later.
The piece also references Heston Blumenthal’s “smouldering geekiness,” which leads us to believe that an anthropological study is required to analyze traits Brits think are sexy versus traits Americans think are sexy, because some fundamental difference in culture and upbringing is the only way we can think of explaining how Heston and Paul are the key references for a sexy chefs dialogue.
Here are five TV chefs Stateside, who we think best represent the thesis that sex appeal is key to a successful reality TV empire.