Vladimir Putin Is The Only Leader Who Still Has Someone Taste His Food For Poison
Vladimir Putin is so badass that he can defeat everyone in the world at judo, find ancient treasure every time he scuba dives, and become president of Russian whenever he wants. But one thing Vladimir Putin can’t do is build an immunity to all of the world’s poisons. (We’re sure that in an alternate universe somewhere, he’d find a way to save the poison in his eyes in order to shoot it at his enemies, not unlike a horned lizard.)
That’s why, according to Club des chefs des chefs organizer Gilles Bragard, Putin is the only world leader who has an official taster. Yes, the practice is practically medieval — or beyond that, since rulers have hired people to ensure their food isn’t poisoned since the Roman Empire — but Putin is the only sitting world leader who still utilizes one. As Bragard told the Daily Beast, “tasters still exist but only in the Kremlin, where a doctor checks every dish with the chef.”
We hesitate to inform Putin that the Chinese have found a much cuter, more efficient method of food tasting, mostly because we’re scared of what happens to one’s food after one happens to criticize Putin.