I've been thinking about this for quite a long time now, but after flipping through channels last night and actually watching about 5 minutes of "The Taste" last night...............
......ANTHONY BOURDAIN!!!!!! you are such a giant hypocrite!
I'm not gonna lie, Kitchen Confidential is one of the best books ever written. It came to me at the perfect time in my life and inspired me with it's cynicism and realism. I felt like "This guy gets me" That book made me want to work harder for less money and eat my chef's turds every chance I got-for less money!
It's the "Hard work is a reward unto itself" kinda mentality. If you haven't been in the trenches you wouldn't understand. If you haven't been hit in the head with a sautee pan from chef you are a puss and should go hang yourself in shame because you'll never be as badass as us kinda thing.
I've read all his books, even fiction. I've seen a lot of his shows. Not all, I mean I do WORK for a living. But this Shite???!!!???
This is just the tip of the iceberg though. At what point in time do you stop REALLY being a chef and caring about the food at YOUR restaurant(s) and become a jet-setting celebrity?
I see these ads in Bon Apetit with Michael Symon and Marcus Samuelsson eating caviar and drinking ****ing champagne on a GD Gulfstream while being fanned by Mario Batali!!!
Oh yeah, that's not what being a REAL chef is about.
C'mon, let's clean out a greasetrap. Let's work 6 consecutive 20 hour shifts with a 12 hour "light" day on Sunday......For 2 months straight(on a crap salary) Let's sweat completely through our clothes, leather belt and shoes included. Let's chafe our gnad's till they bleed!!!! And then rub some Fler de Sel on them.
That's a chef.
There's much more to come, but who do you hate the most?
Please share and please tell me why.
I'm thinking I'll elaborate on Batali next post........
P.S. Guy Fieri does not count as a chef.