Monday, September 10, 2007

Top Chef Sighting

We were eating outside at Hamburger Mary's when my friend Rob spotted Dale from Top Chef across the street. He must have heard us mention the show as he turned and looked right after Rob said it. He is easily my favorite contestant in all three seasons of the show and, as of this writing, is still in the running to win. He's got a great combination of personality, attitude and, most importantly, culinary skills which make him a joy to watch.

This show, by the way, was a big influence on my current cooking efforts. Seeing these folks have to create dishes on the fly with insanely short time limits really drove home how much I had to learn. To get to that point where you can fly without the net of a printed recipe (if need be) and truly create, rather than simply execute, is a big, big deal.

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