Are you a fan of the celebrity chef restaurant? The Practical Cook has mixed feelings, but not jealous ones that her name is not on the marquee. No, Gentle Readers, I have some doubts that the celebrity chef title is much more than a branding exercise.
This past week, at a meal at Lupo, a Wolfgang Puck joint, I had a chance to sample several dishes. The sausage and broccolini pizza looked amazing, and was good, but at the risk of causing another firestorm, it was not my favorite, or even in my top 5 all-time pizzas. (That list is a post for another day.)
I have eaten one of the best meals of my life at a Mario Batali restaurant, but he was there that day, orange clogs and all. I also had the pizza at one of his restaurants when he was not there, and it reminded me strongly of Chef Boyardee in a box pizza. That is not a compliment, even for nostalgia’s sake.
This is a short one as I catch up on sleep and head back into my own kitchen. Really, I’m curious. Have you eaten at many celebrity chef restaurants? If so, which ones and what was your experience like? Post a comment or Tweet.
More on the topic as the jet lag recedes.
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