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Wow, people, I don’t even know where to start with this one. Those of you who have the bad luck of following me on twitter ( @vegchefDSM) have probably noticed a long string of trash talk between myself and Self-Proclaimed Celebrity Chef Don Hensley. It’s not pretty, oh tens of readers, it’s not pretty even a little bit. But rather than give SPCCDH any more air/interdork time than has already been wasted, I will use our little dance of douche-ness as inspiration for today’s post.
If you are from Iowa, your mother or grandmother probably made some sort of cucumber salad. My mother’s cucumber salad involved equal parts of vinegar and water, and little did she know that was also the recipe for some of the personalities in the “cheffing” world.
You see, Chefs are driven not only by passion and a strong (sometimes) work ethic, but most chefs who are trying to “make it” are motivated by EGO. (I am usually only motivated by tacos, on which I sustain my culinary hack-ed-ness on) Now, if we look at the classic EGO model
ok, I can’t talk trash about Cheffery. You know what side I am on.
What I would like to see here in Our Fair City is a collaboration project for chefs., This has been topic of discussion betwixt myself and 5 local culinarians for a year, but we are mostly too busy or lack the planning knowledge to pull this alleged event together.
Think of it…A collaborative dinner for a few hundred lucky food lovers made by a team of the city’s A-list cooks to support a charity. Almost sounds too “big city” for our little town (j/k) With all of the shit talking between kitchens, and now a load of trash talk from someone who isn’t even part of our scene (you know who you are buddy) we could all use a little friendly non-competition. Cook offs are for television and state fairs. I don’t buy in to that line of thinking ever.
So, Chefs of DSM and the surrounding area, put down that ego and step away from the car. Let’s get a REAL event happening here in DSM, and not some “Iron Chef” copycat bullshit. Leave that for the egotists who don’t get food feedback face to face from diners and need ego affirmation from a panel of judges.
You know where to find me,
p.s. Don, if you are reading this, I admit to starting the whole argument and being a little childish. I don’t want to kiss and make up, but I would like you to use your expertise in organizing events to help with a charity dinner. get back to me on that if you are game.
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