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Old 04-28-2008, 11:34 AM   #1
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"All good chefs drink."

A quote from No Reservations.

So is there some truth in that? I mean, even on some of the television shows you get hints that the host likes to throw a few down. I wonder how it would affect my cooking if there was no booze in the house? I like to have a cocktail or glass of wine while I'm cooking to fire up my taste buds and 'put me in the mood'. Sometimes the flavor of what I'm drinking will reflect on the final outcome of the dish.

Can anyone else relate?

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Old 04-28-2008, 11:40 AM   #2
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I can honestly say that I know NO Chef, that is a tea totaler. I know some that you could consider down right party till you drop kinda people, then ones that you would never know in a million years that they go home and have a liter of vodka every night.

Matter of fact, in restaurant settings, especially busy ones, it seems as though everyone has a vice...I know everone has a vice, but cooks/chefs/waitron/managers/utility workers etc...all of them clock out and go do what they do.

that being said, I do enjoy a good stiff drink, especially after a 16 hour day.
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Old 04-28-2008, 11:43 AM   #3
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A drink is definitely nice after a long day, but I know people who have several stiff drinks before one meal is completely cooked. Then they have many more drinks during dinner.
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Old 04-28-2008, 11:44 AM   #4
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Graham Kerr. My hero.


Nothing like helping build a healthy appetite in my opinion.
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Old 04-28-2008, 11:45 AM   #5
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Nothing like helping build a healthy appetite in my opinion.
He did start out drinking though
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Old 04-28-2008, 11:51 AM   #6
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I like a nice glass of Cabernet when I'm cooking to get some creative juices flowing!
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He did start out drinking though
That's what I remember him from... his Galloping Gourmet days.
Geez that was a long time ago.
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Old 04-28-2008, 12:16 PM   #8
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Wow-I never paid any attention to cooking/drinking connection, but now that you mention it I recall seeing Cat Cora doing a shot of Ouzo on Iron Chef....and it seems like the contestants on Top Chef always have a beer or a glass of wine in their hand.

Man, I'll bet I would have been one heck of a chef when I was younger!!
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I know one Chef who does not touch a drop of alcohol. All the others, well........
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Old 04-28-2008, 12:57 PM   #10
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I recently watched an episode of Boy Meets Grill where Flay opens up the show holding a coffee mug. He goes through the menu, yadda yadda, puts the mug down and says "Say goodbye to your coffee." LOL or something along those lines. Then makes some sort of Bourbon cocktail.

Sandra Lee seems like a party girl. Not a chef per-se, but she loves making those cocktails at the end of the show. lol

I guess if Keith Richards was a health nut, The Stones wouldn't have made it past 1965.
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