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Old 03-24-2012, 02:44 PM   #1
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Favorite Celebrity Star Chefs Worldwide?

Ciao,

Have you had lunch or dinner at a Celebrity Star Chef´s venue and:

If not, where would you lunch or dine, if you had been awarded a free lunch or dinner of your choice and all expenses paid for airfare and hotel ?

Since, I have in reality dined or lunched numerous times professionally in celebrity Chef venues in Europe, I shall focus on USA and / or Aussie Chefs, as I know very very few ...

1) Grant Achatz - Chicago
2) Joel Rubachňn and Michel Brás - France
3 Tom Keller in California
4) José Andrés - Bazaar in Los Angeles
5) Mario Batali - Los Angeles
6) Chez Panisse - California
7) Jaime Oliver - U.K.
8) Gordon Ramsey - U.K.


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Old 06-28-2012, 04:31 PM   #2
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Big fan of Jamie Oliver, not just his cooking but pretty much everything he gets involved with.
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:09 PM   #3
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If I were to choose a so called "celebrity" chef, most likely it would be Rick Bayless and Frontera. He seems to be down to earth and really into Mexican cooking. Don't know most on your list. Mario would be interesting and I would probably like his food. Jaime seems to be down to earth. Gordon is an obnoxious, idiot (I'd use a much stronger description else where), who thinks his (blank) doesn't have an odor. His bud Joe B. can't get away from momma's apron strings and would be nothing without her. No wonder he comes across as a total southern end of a north bound donkey!
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:32 PM   #4
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If I were to choose a so called "celebrity" chef, most likely it would be Rick Bayless and Frontera. He seems to be down to earth and really into Mexican cooking. Don't know most on your list. Mario would be interesting and I would probably like his food. Jaime seems to be down to earth. Gordon is an obnoxious, idiot (I'd use a much stronger description else where), who thinks his (blank) doesn't have an odor. His bud Joe B. can't get away from momma's apron strings and would be nothing without her. No wonder he comes across as a total southern end of a north bound donkey!
I wasn't going to reply to this topic until I read your reply. :)

I too think I'd like Rick Bayless and I'd love to meet him. I also really like Mario Batali, and really enjoyed (was totally hooked on) his PBS program Spain on the Road Again including co-star Gwyneth Paltrow (and a few others).

I never heard of the others except for Ramsay. His show is so obnoxious and his blatant cursing so disgusting that I couldn't possibly be fair about judging him as a chef.

If we're not restricted to the living I'd love to meet Julia Child. Or back among the living, I'd love to meet Steve Raichlin (barbecuist and author) and see if his awkward television presence translates to a comfortable guy when he's not on camera. If his PBS programs and cookbooks (I have three of them) are any indication, he's probably the best barbecuist on the planet.

If I'm going to win a free trip to the chef of my choice then maybe not Batali since I can visit Los Angeles any time I want to step outside my door. Give me an exotic destination, preferably on the Mediterranean coast.

But in reality, and more along the lines of the OP question, I'd be happy to eat a dinner prepared by any world class chef, local or anywhere else. I've recently come to the conclusion that it's unlikely to find the best food at chain restaurants, even the best chain restaurants.

I've also reached the conclusion that an enthusiastic home chef can often beat even the best chain restaurants, if the home chef is sufficiently motivated to learn the necessary skills and willing to invest the effort.

So sign me up to any of these free dinner and travel prizes. I'd even be willing to give Ramsay a chance to show he doesn't need the bathroom mouth talk! :)
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:42 PM   #5
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i've wanted to go to eric ripert's "le bernardin" in nyc for a while now, but after a friend showed me pics of the food when he went there for his birthday and seeing what you get for hundreds of dollars for a wee bit of food, every time i get the urge, i give it to my local food bank.

'nuff said.
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:48 PM   #6
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That's a good question BT, what could (you, or I, or they) do with a couple hundred bucks in ingredients that a professional chef could do better?

(Answering my own question: a lot!!!)
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:59 PM   #7
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My fave is by far Jamie Oliver

Great chef, great personality, great meals
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My fave is by far Jamie Oliver

Great chef, great personality, great meals
I've never seen him on TV. It occurs to me that all the TV chefs I've seen are on PBS. If they aren't on PBS (or broadcast TV like Ramsay) then I never heard of them.

And nobody mentioned Bobby Flay. I'd follow him anywhere if there was free travel and a free chef-cooked dinner! :)
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:59 PM   #9
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Hi Greg

With Jamie, he is a UK chef but he is pretty well known worldwide including America, but I think maybe only certain parts of the US.

He came over to the US with his Food revolution, it may not have been on that channel you mentioned

Here is some info on him if you wanted to have a look

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Old 06-28-2012, 11:02 PM   #10
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The channel I mentioned is PBS = Public Broadcasting System, a government supported non-profit channelization.

I don't get any cable or satellite channels. I "R" a official poor person. :)

I'd love to see more cooking shows on TV. I get Ramsay's "hell" TV and I get PBS.
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