Bullshit, sometimes literally.
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An Open Letter to Timi Gustafson
Dear Ms. Gustafson —
The current outcry is just another example of consumers not understanding what goes into their food, according to Dr. Michael Batz, a food safety researcher at the University of Florida Emerging Pathogens Institute. People simply don’t know what they are eating and it makes them nervous.
1. I do not have a PhD.
2. I did not say what you say I said.
All you have to do to know I did not say this is to check the transcript. Oh, right, there is no transcript. Because we did not speak at all.
Running a restaurant is like running a giant daycare. After twenty-two years in the business, I still run to touch the hands of young cooks coming out of the restroom to see if they’re moist. So often, they’re not. So at forty-one years old I have to tell kids to wash their hands after they pee-pee.
It eats away at my faith in humanity. Do they wear the same pair of underwear for two days? Do they meticulously change the sheets on their bed like I do?
Cooking is about cleaning, cleaning, and cleaning to make sure nobody’s gonna die. You use soap. You use bleach and cold water (never hot water). The cleanliness of the toilet in your restaurant says everything. Dave McMillan, co-owner of Joe Beef and Liverpool House in Montreal, and my new favorite chef, quoted in Lucky Peach issue 3
I abhor our nation’s approach to regulating food marketing, or should I say, the lack thereof.