Thursday, February 26, 2009

Consummate New Yorker Mr. Cutlets Thinks “Top Chef” Did Very Wrong by NYC













Now that the season is over, Josh “Mr. Cutlets” Ozersky—lover of the Lucullan, heterosexualist high priest of the hamburger, and sybaritic singer of the porcine pleasures that the citizens of New York are heirs to—laments what the producers of Top Chef have done (or, rather, not done) to his city:

The biggest disappointment by far — by far! — was having the show in New York, and then not doing anything with the local resources. This season could just as easily have been shot in Moonachie. Where was the visit to Katz’s? Or Flushing Chinatown? Or the run-in with David Chang? Le Bernardin may well be the best restaurant in America, but it’s not what you would call a “New York restaurant.” Every week should have brought in a real New York chef and a real New York locale. How could Top Chef, which did such good work in Chicago and Miami, not know this?

Despite the new authority conferred on him by “the disease of kings,” we disagree with his assessment of the show’s use of Chicago, but as far as New York is concerned, he is spot on. For all we know, the show was probably shot in Toronto, which so often stands in for New York (but even there they have a great food scene). As for the rest of his criticisms and suggestions, read the full corrido de Cutlets and tell us what you think.

3 comments:

egyptchick7 said...

As a New Yorker, I couldn't agree more. This show definitely had NY flair in the first episode, where it even highlighted my own neighborhood ( in Which the Winner Hosea, knocked it out of the park, Brighton Beach!), but then it died from there.

ArC said...

Sweet merciful crap, you didn't warn me that Ozersky thought Danny (Weird Beard) was one of this season's "most appealing personalities". How can I take him seriously after that?

Vicki T said...

In TC's defense they DID bring in the hot dog lady...