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    Death to celebrity chefs!!!

    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by knyfeknerd View Post
    I'm not gonna lie, Kitchen Confidential is one of the best books ever written.
    I stopped reading your post at this line, and refuse to keep reading until you fix it.

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    I was going to say guy fiero, but you beat me with your very accurate disclaimer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vertigo View Post
    I stopped reading your post at this line, and refuse to keep reading until you fix it.
    I'm going to lie through my teeth right now and say the "edit post" option has timed out already.......
    ......I'm eagerly awaiting your response though Vertigo. C'mon who's it gonna be???
    Tyler Florence?
    Bobby Flay?
    Jamie Oliver?
    I know how much you love Giada and want to have sloppy "amore" with her!!!
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    Can a home cook chime in? Mario has that ponytail, you'd think somebody would use it as a handle and pull his head out of his butt. "OOOoo! I'm Italian!" No, you're from Seattle. You're a mutt like many Americans. AND your marinara sauce in the jar at the grocery store really, really sucks.
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    Chris,
    I have to disagree with you because I think Bourdain realizes that he gave up on being a chef long ago and embraced being a writer/journalist/and just rambing ranter a long time ago. I had this discussion with someone the other day that said he sold out. He didn't sell out because I don't think he really promotes himself as a chef.

    However, a lot of the "celebrity" chefs out there have sold out because they still call themselves such and make no effort to continue the craft. I think you hit it on the head with Fieri - total hack. My personal top on the list is Rocco Dispirito.

    I am not a pro just a humble homey so maybe I should keep my mouth shut. I have nothing but respect for ya'll though and if I wasn't a CPA I would be in the trenches with ya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knyfeknerd View Post
    I'm going to lie through my teeth right now and say the "edit post" option has timed out already.......
    ......I'm eagerly awaiting your response though Vertigo. C'mon who's it gonna be???
    Tyler Florence?
    Bobby Flay?
    Jamie Oliver?
    I know how much you love Giada and want to have sloppy "amore" with her!!!
    Ha! How to decide?! I hate so many of them. Work starts at 4am tomorrow and is followed 11 hours later by a date with a judge, so I have some time to think about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knyfeknerd View Post
    C'mon, let's clean out a grease trap. 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.
    Precisely why I will NEVER, EVER, NEVER work in a commercial kitchen EVER, NEVER, EVER again.


    OH yeah - watching Mario try to school Eric Ripert is a hoot -

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vertigo View Post
    Ha! How to decide?! I hate so many of them. Work starts at 4am tomorrow and is followed 11 hours later by a date with a judge, so I have some time to think about it.
    Damn, I hope the judge is hot and that she puts out!

    Seriously though, I hope court doesn't suck. Best of luck to ya. I've been there before.
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    I've heard from a few different people who ate at Les Halle's during his tenure, and had less than kind things to say. He's a writer who fell into cooking, hacked his way along, and eventually got out. Maybe he's 'been in the trenches' but that doesn't make him any better than any other hack. Just watch him try and cook in any of the episodes of no reservations. He looks incredibly awkward.

    I find his writing rather self serving and vitriolic personally. Entertaining occasionally, but rather repetitive(no offense Chris. Opinions are like- well, you know the rest...). He is a fun guy to watch on the tube though. And I bet he'd be great to go on a bender with. Well maybe a couple years ago, anyways. Too famous now...
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