Originally Posted by CraigC
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! :)