Heather Sperling, Grant Achatz's girlfriend, commiserates with me on best and worst parts of dating a chef: "The worst part is how completely screwed your sleep schedule is....the best is how wonderful and random our home fridge is. The secret to the sleep thing is the midnight to 1:30 A.M. disco nap. He comes home at 2 A.M. Late night snacks we are good at. I heat up the Japanese rice cooker and he brings home fresh fish."
Brad Grossman, chef at Minibar, is taking 4:40 A.M. Amtrak train home to work tomorrow! When we asked José if he could sleep in, he said, "Ah. No. Brad must work."
Rick seems shy. He says he kind of misses "just working" rather than "the fame stuff" that came with winning Top Chef Masters
. He also says that of all the Outstanding Chef nominees, José Andrés would be the most fun to sit and get drunk with. "Maybe too much fun."
So I asked two women belonging to famous chefs the secret to keeping a chef happy. Laura Cunningham, Thomas Keller's fiancee, said without a moment's hesitation, "Don't cook!" I told her it's too late and that I've been trying to rock the apron. "Oh God, why???" interrupted Tom Colicchio's wife, Lori. "You'll be doing EVERYTHING else!"
Tom Colicchio won!!! Soooooo happy!!! We had lunch with him this weekend at Good Stuff and he swore he wouldn't win! His money was on Suzanne Goin. Ah! He is a great guy and a devoted husband and I want Spike to be him when he grows up. Yayyayyay.
Outstanding Restaurant is Daniel!!!! I guess Mr. Boulud will be swimming in licorice and bbq chips tonight! This man is always smiling...and now he's BEAMING. Although, I asked him earlier who the most beautiful woman in the room was and he said, "I haven't noticed any." Um...pardon?!
The lady from Redd won best pastry chef and I'm envious. I'd love to meet another baker like myself (ha). Do Napa chefs dominate every year or just 2010? I guess the beauty and inspiration of the region really translates into the food. If I could make one wish it would be to live there....ahem...anybody listening?
Spotted Spike's former boss, Drew Nieporent! I had one question for him...."Should I really marry this guy?" Drew kinda dodged the answer! He said, "If I were gay, I could answer you, but I'm not!" WTF does that even mean?! Regardless, we took a picture together, nice 'n cozy, as he said "Let's make your man jealous." Right on.
Daniel Boulud is not shy about his prefered pig-out food; that's not to say he can pronounce it.
I asked him what he eats from a hotel minibar, in honor of José Andrés's Minibar.
"Oh I love those things when I'm hungry. I will first choose the chewy, cherry, twisty things."
I say, "Twizzlers?"
He nods and continues..."Peanuts, Gummy Bears, and those fake potato chips in the tube."
I ask if he means Pringles. "Yes, sprinkles. I eat those."
Just saw our co-liveblogger Alyssa Shelasky responsibly interviewing someone. Or trying to pick him up. We'll keep an eye on her.