Down with the Celebrity Chef

As is the case with most celebrity chefs monopolizing the commercial food market, success is rarely equated with culinary perfection. Bobby Flay, Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse, David Myers, and yes, even Anthony Bourdain-- are disappointments. Point blank. The food at their restaurants pails in comparison to the delights one can find at a fraction of the price in far more stunning, secluded locales-- like the kitchen of a friend or even a corner taco shop. Maybe some of their recipes are informative, but most are so fool proof they lack character and ruin the charm of impromptu cooking where one pinches at ingredients without worrying about measurements...

A recent visit to Emeril Lagasse's New Orleans restaurant situated at the heart of the French Quarter, NOLA, left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Trying nearly all of their appetizers and an assortment of entrees, not one dish was well prepared.

I'm done with the stupid, overpriced, culturally vapid hoop-la of food culture. Life is too short-- throw a dinner party, down with the celebrity chef!

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