From Too Many Chefs -

March 29, 2005
Four star restauranteur foie gras SMACK-DOWN!

Bling-master TrotterMad Dog Rick TramontoSo yo, check it out - The Trib today has an article by Mark Caro on the front page about foie gras - Why Mark Caro and not Bill Daley I don't know - Mark Caro is all good and stuff but he's the entertainment reporter and he's all up in food guy Bill Daley's hood with this story - you know what I'm sayin', dog? But I digress.

Anyway, world famous his-onions-don't-stink Charlie Trotter comes out and he's all "I ain't serving foie gras 'cause it's all cruel and stuff," and Rick Tramonto from Tru says "You better be serving foie gras bizzitch," and Charlie Trotter's all like "Sez who?" and Rick Tramonto gets up in Charlie Trotter's buisness and says "Oh you are such a ho, you're just doing this to get more bling." and Charlie Trotter's all like "No way." and Rick Tramonto is like "Yeah way." and Charlie Trotter says, "If I was a ho I'd have shouted this out three years ago, and maybe we should serve some of your liver up as a snack since you so damn fat!" and Rick Tramonto's like "I know you didn't just go there!" and Charlie Trotter's like "Mmm-Hmm" and Rick Tramonto's like "Well you're in my prayers," but you know he was thinking that "You're in my prayers" was Rick Tramonto code for "You better not be starting your own car for a while, biatch."

Top flight foodies bicker and it ends up on the front page of the Chicago Tribune. The de-Vanilla-Iced version of the article appears here, and includes input from Alinea's Grant Achatz, food writer Jeffrey Steingarten, Le Francais's Roland Liccioni, and the Prarie Grass cafe's Sarah Stegner along with a guest appearance by California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Word.

Posted by Barrett in Maryland at March 29, 2005 8:50 AM | TrackBack

Hey-ohhh!! Charlie Trotter's in da Hizouse!!

Seriously tho', what's with the Ice-speak Barrett? I enjoyed this entry so much, mostly because now I have the east coast/west coast rivalry playing out in my head. Do you think Alice Waters can throw down against Mario Batali?

Posted by Kate on March 29, 2005 at 10:49 AM

Alice Waters rolls serious old school. She'd go biggie-size on Mario in a serious throw-down.

Posted by barrett on March 29, 2005 at 11:24 AM

Love it! Love it! Love it!

Posted by Julesy on March 29, 2005 at 4:41 PM

This could rival The Game and 50 Cent Beef, only with Ginsu knives. Cuts through an ear and still sharp enough to slice a tomato paper thin! Reading it this morning I almost died. Front page of the Tribune. Even for a Tuesday.

Posted by Bryan on March 29, 2005 at 9:14 PM

This entry made me laugh ALL DAY! My favorite part is "his-onions-don't-stink Charlie Trotter." Nicely put.

Posted by caryn on March 30, 2005 at 9:04 AM

I don't know why, but the "No way" "Yeah way" exchange had me giggling uncontrollably. Perfect. Absolutely perfect.

Posted by debbie on March 30, 2005 at 9:10 PM

Beyond Excellent! I'm rolling right now. I can actually hear RT saying " I know you didn't just go there" imagine the made for tv movie!!!!

Posted by lee on April 2, 2005 at 10:20 PM