Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Genealogy of a New Obsession

Jeff Van Geest and Dan Tigchelaar, Aurora Bistro

Bill Buford, Heat

Thomas Keller, Bouchon

Keller; Marco Pierre White; Alfred Portale; Elizabeth David; Heston Blumenthal; Paul Liebrandt; Pierre Gagnaire; Hervé This; Ferdinand Point; David Waltuck

Laurent Quenioux, Bistro LQ

Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park

Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon

Daniel Newell, Restaurant Zoe

Out in intardnets reviewland, it's apparently de rigeur to bash chefs and waitpeople like crazy. For the record, L. and I have never been treated with anything other than great courtesy and attention at the establishments listed above, even when it was obvious that our table's check was going to be far from the largest in the room. A special thanks to the front-of-house staff at Bistro LQ and Eleven Madison Park for their genuine interest in the wide-eyed Canadian gastrotourists in the corner, and for all the unsolicited advice and extra courses.

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