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Friday, March 20, 2009

Sing the Praises

Photo credit: Nick Solares

One very important part of being a chef's wife is being able to lift up your chef when he's buckling under the pressure of food costs and food critics, diners and whiners. But it's also important to give the chef the acclaim he or she deserves. After all, everyone wants to be loved and admired-especially chefs!

Last week, my school was closed and I had Monday off. Of course I was looking forward to spending the "weekend" with my chef. But as it goes he was going into Perry St on Monday for a couple hours to cook for Nick Solares, writer for Serious Eats/A Hamburger Today. And I didn't mind waiting at the bar while Erik worked since I got to chow down on one of those delicious Perry St burgers and sip a refreshing house made soda. (see below) I so desperately wanted to go over and plop down next to Nick, but I thought it would be a little inappropriate for the wife of the chef to start chatting up the reviewer.

Nick wrote a fantastic article about the $35 prix fixe deal at Perry St. Which, by the way, runs all year long!! I'm so glad he wrote that Erik is only 24, too-Even though Erik is 25 (as am I for another 8 days!). After all, it takes a lot for a 25 year old to be the chef at a 3 star Jean-Georges restaurant.

One last toot of my horn: here is a link to those fabulous JGV house made sodas. My favorite is the passion-chili and a close second would have to be the cherry-yuzo.

Love you, chef!!



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Anonymous said...

But of course! I refer to Perry as a "hidden gem" for it being on the WSH. 25 years old and running a fine restaurant...hmmm.. wasn't JGV doing the same thing when he was 25 in Bangkok? This is a very good sign that he will be extremely successful and you one day my dear will up there like Mrs. V. If you need a reference, they just did a piece on those "country bumpkins" in the WSJ last week at their country home upstate.

Job well done indeed!