Literary, Culinary Interests
Posted 10 June 2002 - 08:38 AM
What culinary figures or trends interest you?
What's the real deal?
"Behold, I teach you the ubermunch. The ubermunch is the meaning of the earth. Let your will say: the ubermunch shall be the meaning of the earth!" -Fritzy N.
"It's okay to like celery more than yogurt, but it's not okay to think that batter is yogurt."
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Posted 10 June 2002 - 02:22 PM
Culinary Figures? I have been rightly accused of being at times, more interested in cooks--and the subculture of cooking than in the actual food itself. Fergus Henderson and Gordon Ramsay, I've gone on and on about--obviously I like both them and their food. I'm a big fan of Donovan Cooke in Melbourne--a brilliant cook and a madman...Tetsuya Wakuda in Sydney...Keller, of course--will always be for me, the Top Dog in fine dining. I think Doug Rodriguez is onto something...I will always be grateful for Gabrielle Hamilton at Prune for putting on the bone marrow..and I like her, her restaurant, her approach to food..Norman Van Aiken is about as far away from my kind of cooking as you can get--but I think he's a terrific practitioner of "fusion" at its best--a good example of that not always being a dirty word..Scott Bryan at Veritas, naturally, Eric Ripert at Le Bernardin..love what Tom Valenti does to a piece of meat...like Wylie Dufesne's stuff..Rocco di Spirito's..and love nothing more than to sit down across from Yasuda-san at Sushi Yasuda for the full-bore tasting (He's an ex-boxer and can talk Ali Frazier while dealing out the most amazing array of hard-to-find straight from the hip sushi). Paul Kahan at Blackbird in Chicago...Daniel Boulud, of course...I think Mario Batali is a force for good in the world--and particularly love Lupa--the only traditional format cooking show to do God's work--meaning highlighting oily, bony little fish, hooves, snouts, shanks, and guts..There are a lot of good chefs out there. If there is a hopeful trend it's in the direction that Mario's going. No nonsense, let-the-ingredient-speak casual eating.
Posted 10 June 2002 - 02:26 PM