Wow. On a Zap2it interview Alton Brown called out my teammate and friend Adam Richman’s show Man vs. Food for being impolitic from a food morality standpoint. Might be so, it’s all fair in love and war, and if that’s Brown’s opinion, I can’t argue with him. I can tell you that Brown, a man who I think of as a supremely standup guy, is forgetting one vital piece of information: We are all in La Cosa Nostra together—that’s Italian for “our thing”—and, while Richman’s show is at one end of the spectrum, glorifying food and marketing culinary pornography is something we all do to some extent or another.
We are all guilty of the same crime, not to mention our community’s (of TV peeps, etc.) reliance on advertisers, spin doctors, and the like to give us all plausible deniability of some kind or another is rampant across all shows and networks. We all sold our souls at some point; we all made the Faustian bargain, so I don’t mind anyone taking shots at another show. My point is that the line that Brown accuses Richman of crossing is one we all ran past a long time ago. Also, all that aside, if you want a piece of Adam Richman you need to go through me first.
Brown could take a lesson in how to politely blast someone from the INSANELY genius Eric Ripert, who manages to call out Gordo the Rammer for being a bully but at the same time seems to swaddle him in a warm French hug. I would love to compete on a celeb version of Hell’s Kitchen just to see Gordo take some sh*t from chefs who can give as well as get without fear of losing “the biggest opportunity of their lives.”
In other news, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s Taste is next weekend and details for the event can be found at mspmag.com/taste.
I do know that Jim Kyndberg and JD Fratzke are doing some cool demos and it should be a great weekend of celebration. Sad to say I am going to be doing that ‘other job’ of mine that keeps getting in the way of spending time at cool local events like this one . . .
Dates: Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9
Location: TCF Bank Stadium, University of Minnesota Campus
Tickets: $85 - VIP, $65 - Grand Tasting
Purchase tickets at: mspmag.com/taste
Events: Wine Tastings, Culinary Demonstrations, Grilling Stage, Wine Seminars, Lockerroom and Hall of Fame Tours, and more!