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(Tri-State Neighbor)   Are celebrity chefs relevant to the ordinary person, or are they just self-promoters? "Chefs today have become celebrities in the same way that supermodels were celebrities in the 1990s," claims one chef modestly   (cnngo.com) divider line 94
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2012-10-16 07:17:57 PM  
Are celebrity _____ relevant to the ordinary person...?

Kind of suggests its own answer, doesn't it?
 
2012-10-16 07:23:01 PM  
Guy Fieri is obnoxious. Let him be successful and rich, I don't care, just please stop plastering him all over everything everywhere. He is way over exposed.

/Alton Brown is awesome though
 
2012-10-16 07:24:33 PM  
Not gonna lie, Chef Ramsey has encouraged me to cook more at home. My wife is loving it.
 
2012-10-16 07:25:59 PM  
Eating out is about a great evening with friends. Part of that is about having some decent food. But If you can't have a great evening without Michelin stars then you probably need to find some new friends.

The best places to eat are about local knowledge. A bistro or pub or restaurant that isn't in any guide books, but is always busy because it's where the locals like going and get very good food at a good price.
 
2012-10-16 07:30:10 PM  
TEAM MICHAEL SYMON
 
2012-10-16 07:30:45 PM  
I blame Anthony Bourdain. His book made it ok for ordinary service industry people to be all like "Yeah, WELL I MAY DRIVE A FORKLIFT BUT WE ToTALLY PARTY LIKE ROCKSTARS. I am like the TOMMY LEE of forklift drivers, mofo."

Ok yeah, jerk me dry and vomit your catchphrase on my cock while you choke on my limp dick.
 
2012-10-16 07:32:05 PM  
James Beard, Julia Child, Jaques Pepin, Martin Yan, so on and so forth.

The celebrity chef today is just more heavily managed and promoted. And if you didn't recognize some of the names above what makes you think anyone is going to remember Guy Fieri in 25 years.
 
2012-10-16 07:37:12 PM  
As shows like Chopped are becoming more popular, people are doing alot more cooking. I know I am. Since we see a ton of these guys (Morimoto, Flay, Simon, Giadia/Rachel Ray [drool....] ), doing it on tv, it seems easy. I've learned alot, and I guess that the industry is booming as a result.
Hopefully we can get "America's Next Top Sommelier" ("Sipped"?) going, so I can get famous.
 
2012-10-16 07:38:44 PM  

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Ok yeah, jerk me dry and vomit your catchphrase on my cock while you choke on my limp dick.

 

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2012-10-16 07:39:13 PM  

Klippoklondike: /Alton Brown is awesome though


Alton isn't a chef. He can also be a complete ass. Especially on book tours.

/Alton was more interesting when he was overweight and not on three different TV shows
 
2012-10-16 07:42:11 PM  

Klippoklondike: Guy Fieri is obnoxious. Let him be successful and rich, I don't care, just please stop plastering him all over everything everywhere. He is way over exposed.


Agreed. The farker won't even eat eggs. How do you evaluate a breakfast place if you won't eat eggs??


/Alton Brown is awesome though

Also agreed.
 
2012-10-16 07:42:18 PM  

farkeruk: The best places to eat are about local knowledge. A bistro or pub or restaurant that isn't in any guide books, but is always busy because it's where the locals like going and get very good food at a good price.


Except that many of these local places suck. If it isn't the food - its the atmosphere.
 
2012-10-16 07:42:22 PM  

bulok: Not gonna lie, Chef Ramsey has encouraged me to cook more at home. My wife is loving it.


I like his approach, it doesn't have to be fancy to be good, keep it simple.
 
2012-10-16 07:46:41 PM  
None of you have named chefs... just TV hosts.

I don't think ya'll get it.
 
2012-10-16 07:47:15 PM  

gingerjet: farkeruk: The best places to eat are about local knowledge. A bistro or pub or restaurant that isn't in any guide books, but is always busy because it's where the locals like going and get very good food at a good price.

Except that many of these local places suck. If it isn't the food - its the atmosphere.


Then you're going to the wrong places.
 
rka
2012-10-16 07:48:42 PM  

farkeruk: Eating out is about a great evening with friends. Part of that is about having some decent food. But If you can't have a great evening without Michelin stars then you probably need to find some new friends.

The best places to eat are about local knowledge. A bistro or pub or restaurant that isn't in any guide books, but is always busy because it's where the locals like going and get very good food at a good price.


What if the locals are retards and wouldn't know good food from paste?

I once ate in a hot pot place in Beijing. Packed with locals. Sucked complete ass.
 
2012-10-16 07:51:32 PM  

SockMonkeyHolocaust: I blame Anthony Bourdain. His book made it ok for ordinary service industry people to be all like "Yeah, WELL I MAY DRIVE A FORKLIFT BUT WE ToTALLY PARTY LIKE ROCKSTARS. I am like the TOMMY LEE of forklift drivers, mofo."

Ok yeah, jerk me dry and vomit your catchphrase on my cock while you choke on my limp dick.


Bourdain is probably the most openly anti "celeb chef" out there. His slamming of Paula Deen and othersis right on the mark. Plus he's friends with Morimoto, who had no fear of distancing himself from the food network B.S. as he had the skill not to rely on the network.
 
2012-10-16 07:53:59 PM  
I have to agree...
There's something that turns me off as the chef becomes more and more "popular".

Rachael Ray used to be tolerable with her 30 min. meals. Now her face is all over TV, magazines, pots/pans etc..etc..
People hate Bobby Flay for some reason but have they ever tried his food? I've been to 2 of his restaurants and everytime is an amazing meal. His food just tastes good.
I do hate that the shows are more about the image of the chef and not the food.
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Great example of good and bad- Rick Bayless "Mexico 1 plate at a time" and "biatchin' Kitchen".
 
2012-10-16 07:54:36 PM  

MrEricSir: Then you're going to the wrong places.


Think of these local restaurants as your mothers cooking. You always think its the best because its your mother and you grew up with it. But the harsh fact is she can't cook at all. If you actually step back and look at these restaurants from an unbiased perspective - you will find out that they are not that special at all

/eat out 4 nights a week and cook at home the rest of the time
//always eat something right before I go to my parents house - my mother can't cook for the life of her
 
2012-10-16 07:57:20 PM  

SockMonkeyHolocaust: I blame Anthony Bourdain.


While you overplayed the hand, you aren't wrong; and I like Bourdain.

There's other factors at play, but Kitchen Confidential and his eventual transition to television definitely helped changed how a large subset of the public view the culinary world. The prior generation who watched Julia Child weren't watching for her sex appeal or because of any other aesthetic other than the fact she taught you how to cook things.
 
2012-10-16 07:57:59 PM  
Marco Pierre White licked my taint
 
2012-10-16 08:00:48 PM  

litespeed74:
People hate Bobby Flay for some reason


Because he is a shamelessly self promoting douche without a hint of class - could that be why?
 
2012-10-16 08:02:33 PM  
At least the supermodels didn't talk much.
 
2012-10-16 08:07:51 PM  

gingerjet: Think of these local restaurants as your mothers cooking. You always think its the best because its your mother and you grew up with it. But the harsh fact is she can't cook at all. If you actually step back and look at these restaurants from an unbiased perspective - you will find out that they are not that special at all


Or maybe you just live in a place with shiatty restaurants.
 
2012-10-16 08:10:56 PM  

Samsquantch: litespeed74:
People hate Bobby Flay for some reason

Because he is a shamelessly self promoting douche without a hint of class - could that be why?


Honestly all I see from him is a cocky attitude. I'm fine with this.
 
2012-10-16 08:16:16 PM  
Bah. You fools and your kitchens and your appliances and ingredients and heat and stuff. Don't you realize we'll be 3D printing our food in less than ten years??? FOOLS!!
 
2012-10-16 08:16:47 PM  
Fortunately the pretense of "fine dining" seems to be waning and people are asking for flavourful, honest food. Not some out-of-reach ingredient cooked sous vide then covered in foam and served on top of a pile of burning leaves.
 
2012-10-16 08:19:38 PM  

FunkOut: At least the supermodels didn't talk much.


Still. Cross-contamination...
 
2012-10-16 08:21:18 PM  

Klippoklondike: Guy Fieri is obnoxious. Let him be successful and rich, I don't care, just please stop plastering him all over everything everywhere. He is way over exposed.

/Alton Brown is awesome couldn't cook his way out of a greasy paper bag with a bow torch, though



fify
 
2012-10-16 08:22:35 PM  

litespeed74: Great example of good and bad- "beefed and heeled"


also, fixed.
 
2012-10-16 08:23:44 PM  
cdn.uproxx.com
 
2012-10-16 08:24:31 PM  

farkeruk: A bistro or pub or restaurant that isn't in any guide books, but is always busy because it's where the locals like going and get very good food at a good price.


true,dat
 
2012-10-16 08:27:32 PM  

whatshisname: Fortunately the pretense of "fine dining" seems to be waning and people are asking for flavourful, honest food. Not some out-of-reach ingredient cooked sous vide then covered in foam and served on top of a pile of burning leaves.


This reminds me of an idea I had for a celebrity chef reality show, get a group of modern "trendy" chefs and have the cook french haute cuisine in the same manner that was popular in the 1960's and 70s. Ramsey would implode.
 
2012-10-16 08:27:36 PM  
I think restaurants have become to important... Restaurants are to people in the eighties what theater was to people in the sixties.
 
2012-10-16 08:32:54 PM  

uber humper: [cdn.uproxx.com image 415x289]


notice how they didn't shoot her bad side?
the back side?
The side shooting a flatulent wad of bad cooking residue en flambé out of her final sphincter like a roman candle of volcanic fecal regime change? Her terrible dirty secret to remaining not so obese? Yeah. It's not regurgitation or antiperalisys, it's flame voodoo zomie farts and beheading techniques reserved for ass-assassins who know how to dutch oven a bad critic.
 
2012-10-16 08:45:05 PM  

Samsquantch: litespeed74:
People hate Bobby Flay for some reason

Because he is a shamelessly self promoting douche without a hint of class - could that be why?


For me it all comes down the the fact that he's standing in the way of me farking his wife.
 
2012-10-16 08:50:56 PM  
Fark "gastronomy". Make me some tasty-ass food and let it do the talking for you.
 
2012-10-16 08:52:47 PM  
Our dinner started with a chicken flavored Knor Pasta side boiled lightly over an open gas flame accompanied by Turkey meatballs cooked gingerly in a Kenmore Microwave and bathed in a sweet Sriracha sauce. As I drank deeply from the hoppy local brew and gazed out over the quiet Massachusetts street I thought how easy it is to sound like Anthony Bourdain.
 
2012-10-16 08:55:21 PM  
I remember Bobby Flay being a total pussy during his second appearance on the original Iron Chef.

WAAAAHHHH THE STOVE ISN'T GROUNDED AND I COULD BE ELECTROCUTED
 
2012-10-16 08:57:06 PM  
i'd much rather have chefs teaching people a usefull skills like good cooking than dressing in trash bags and walking down a runway with an empty expression
 
2012-10-16 08:58:16 PM  

gingerjet: Klippoklondike: /Alton Brown is awesome though

Alton isn't a chef. He can also be a complete ass. Especially on book tours.

/Alton was more interesting when he was overweight and not on three different TV shows


I'm pretty sure Alton Brown has never claimed he was a "chef". He was a film school grad working as a cameraman that thought that there weren't any good cooking shows that were both educational and entertaining. So he went to culinary school and worked his fatass off to create a popular television. His method are a bit over the top and his is very corny, but he actually cooks and explains all the methodology.

America's Test Kitchen is essentially the same premise without any rediculous homemade contraptions and corniness.
 
2012-10-16 08:58:35 PM  

hugheric: Our dinner started with a chicken flavored Knor Pasta side boiled lightly over an open gas flame accompanied by Turkey meatballs cooked gingerly in a Kenmore Microwave and bathed in a sweet Sriracha sauce. As I drank deeply from the hoppy local brew and gazed out over the quiet Massachusetts street I thought how easy it is to sound like Anthony Bourdain.


Whaaa? That is AWESOME.

+1
 
2012-10-16 09:16:14 PM  

Klippoklondike: Guy Fieri is obnoxious. Let him be successful and rich, I don't care, just please stop plastering him all over everything everywhere. He is way over exposed.

/Alton Brown is awesome though


AB is a god among men.
Or at least among cooks.
Well , at least to his dog who gets the leftovers.
 
2012-10-16 09:29:18 PM  
Yes, but Gordon Ramsay is so farking good at it!
 
2012-10-16 09:58:44 PM  

gingerjet: Klippoklondike: /Alton Brown is awesome though

Alton isn't a chef. He can also be a complete ass. Especially on book tours.

/Alton was more interesting when he was overweight and not on three different TV shows


We saw him about 9 years ago for his first book. Was really good then. I watched the Caribbean and cross-country trips he did.

What he did do, which I really appreciate, is make me be a better cook by experimenting more and learning more about the ingredients and processes I use when cooking. Watching a celebrity chef eat nasty food or yell at their staff or drive cakes across the country just doesn't cut it for me.
 
2012-10-16 10:57:10 PM  

vudukungfu: uber humper: [cdn.uproxx.com image 415x289]

notice how they didn't shoot her bad side?
the back side?
The side shooting a flatulent wad of bad cooking residue en flambé out of her final sphincter like a roman candle of volcanic fecal regime change? Her terrible dirty secret to remaining not so obese? Yeah. It's not regurgitation or antiperalisys, it's flame voodoo zomie farts and beheading techniques reserved for ass-assassins who know how to dutch oven a bad critic.


meh. You know how I know you've been reading her Wikipedia page?
 
2012-10-16 11:05:05 PM  

Samsquantch: litespeed74:
People hate Bobby Flay for some reason

Because he is a shamelessly self promoting douche without a hint of class - could that be why?


Also a moobied twatwaffling knucklefark who uses too much honey.
 
2012-10-16 11:07:28 PM  
i'm quite content to watch Giada and think filthy dirty thoughts.
 
2012-10-16 11:13:09 PM  

HanShotFirst: I think restaurants have become to important... Restaurants are to people in the eighties what theater was to people in the sixties.


Considering that we're 20+ years removed from the 80's, what are they to us in the present?
 
2012-10-16 11:19:38 PM  

KrispyKritter: i'm quite content to watch Giada and think filthy dirty thoughts.


Agreed.
 
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