The Paupered Chef: The Heat is On…

June 8, 2008 at 10:08 pm 4 comments

Blake and Nick here, of The Paupered Chef. We’re already overwhelmed. The heat in New York City is sweltering, and here we are in tuxedos and neck-tight bowties. Our heroes and idols, inspiring chefs who exemplify this year’s theme of artisanal-supporting, local cooking, are pouring into the front doors on a red carpet.

Right now, things are not as they are probably supposed to be. The glasses are empty, the cooks are chopping, and everyone is trying to figure out where to go. The poor beverage people on the outdoor balconies have disrobed because of the oppressive heat, walking around in white t’s and very sweaty foreheads. It’s a fun scene.

Everywhere we look–on two levels of light-filled, airy space–36 chefs are preparing for the biggest, most tasty cocktail party snacks we could ever imagine, headed for what have to be the world’s most sophisticated palates. Once the ceremonies start, in less than an hour, everyone is going to be locked inside the auditorium. Except for us. We’ll be running around doing our best to sample everything and report on what’s to come.


Entry filed under: Live from Lincoln Center, The Paupered Chef.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Andra  |  June 8, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Great picture. Thanks. More pix….

  • 2. Mark Reasor  |  June 8, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Congratulations on your invitation to the JBF Awards! We look forward to reading of your impresssions of such a big-time culinary event. If John Harris from Lilette in New Orleans is one of the chefs, give him our regards. He is from Morgantown and went to school with Mike. Have a great time and keep cool!

    Uncle Mark

  • 3. Binnie  |  June 9, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Nick, the kid who had to have the crust of his sandwiches cut off!! Who would have ever thought!! But in truth we knew you were destined for “greatness”. Congrats!! I really enjoyed reading and seeing the pics! Hope you had a wonderful experience! Again, congrats and looking forward to seing you soon!

  • 4. Gail  |  June 12, 2008 at 6:20 pm


    What a great experience! We are so impressed with your work …Interesting how those occasions you spent cooking with Mom in the kitchen have shaped your interests. Continued good luck in your writing and tasting career. ( No EATING if you want to maintain your slender physique!)

    Gail and John


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