Friday, March 14, 2008

Sacré Bleu Cheese!: The Cooks and the Raw (Language)

Anthony Bourdain, Bill Buford and others write of chefs and kitchen workers as outcasts, toiling daily in a fiery furnace of profanity and ego. Though Michael Ruhlman mourns the loss of this atmosphere as the professionalization of cookery advances, to our maiden-aunt ears it nonetheless seemed very much alive during the premiere of Top Chef. 'Twas a veritable symphony of beeps.

But we clutched our smelling salts and set to work tallying and analyzing the week's profanity for your benefit, possums. We will keep a weekly count, and name an overall winner at the end of the season.

To start, it should come as no surprise that this week's winner, by a veritable Tourette torrent, is Andrew D'Ambrosi. Oy, just what is this red-nosed "kid," "cat," and "competitor" on? Then, when Padma said, "We asked you to pack up to $200 of ingredients that you cannot live without," Miss XaXa said, "Aha! Maybe he packed a little Bolivian ras el hanout?"

We know very little about these matters, but just how much could $200 possibly buy you? And what happens when it runs out?

Tune in next week to find out.


The Big Shamu said...

Andrew will be tough to beat. The only chance the others have is if he get auffed early (hopefully dragged kicking and screaming from the building by security guards)and the remaining chefs pick up his slack.

Anonymous said...

is anyone writing a fan site or livejournal community of top chef?

also, is anyone putting top chef 4 on youtube? i live in paris and cannot watch it on tv. episodes from past seasons are on youtube, and the season 4 preview, but not episode 1 yet and I...NEED...IT.

hughman said...

i think the show needs MORE gordon ramsey type swearing. more bollocks stuff. more shits (which isn't censored on BBC).

mumblesalot (Laura A) said...

Excellent bleeping counts. Love it.

I agree with Hughman, I want more creative swearing. A world cuisine of expletives. "He's a tosser!" would be so suitable for a cooking show.