A real-life “Top Chef”

December 14, 2009 § Leave a comment

knives at dawnAs anyone who has ever devoured an episode of Top Chef knows, even if you can’t taste the food, cooking competitions can be a sensual feast to watch: the thrilling mix of colors and textures; the urgent rhythm of knife work and quiet fluidity of kitchen choreography; the mounting tension as empty plates and persnickety palates await; the pleasure of presentation — the imagined tastes and aromas — followed by the painfully attenuated moment of judgment. And then there are all of those riveting chef personalities …

In Brief: “Knives at Dawn” by Andrew Friedman (The Barnes & Noble Review)

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