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Old 11-14-2012, 05:05 PM
 
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Just wondering if anyone here has met any famous in the food world? I know Anthony Bourdain does speaking tours. Alton Brown does book signings tours when he released new ones. I sure some famous chefs even occasionally grace one of their restaurants with their presence.

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Old 11-14-2012, 06:46 PM
 
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Just wondering if anyone here has met any famous in the food world? I know Anthony Bourdain does speaking tours. Alton Brown does book signings tours when he released new ones. I sure some famous chefs even occasionally grace one of their restaurants with their presence
Yes, many. Sometimes just out walking around the streets like me, or hitting the same market. Even worked with a few. The key to remember is that they're underneath the celebrity they're just people, so the best way to interact with them is through shared appreciation, not awestruckness.

And here's a little trick, for them that likes tricks... if you are in a restaurant and the *Famous Chef* pops by your table to see how everything is, asking if you can buy them a glass of wine is way cooler than asking for an autograph. And if they don't pop by, asking your server if you can buy the chef a glass of wine is a great way to get them to pop by.

It seems counter-intuitive, that asking if you can buy a glass of wine for a person who can have all they want for free is any big deal, but it is. They're real people. Real expressions of appreciation make them feel good.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:54 PM
 
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Yes, many. Sometimes just out walking around the streets like me, or hitting the same market. Even worked with a few. The key to remember is that they're underneath the celebrity they're just people, so the best way to interact with them is through shared appreciation, not awestruckness.

And here's a little trick, for them that likes tricks... if you are in a restaurant and the *Famous Chef* pops by your table to see how everything is, asking if you can buy them a glass of wine is way cooler than asking for an autograph. And if they don't pop by, asking your server if you can buy the chef a glass of wine is a great way to get them to pop by.

It seems counter-intuitive, that asking if you can buy a glass of wine for a person who can have all they want for free is any big deal, but it is. They're real people. Real expressions of appreciation make them feel good.


We're looking for names amd stories here, not etiquette tips. Make with the goods!
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:48 PM
 
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Have met a few at cookbook signings and at their restaurants, but those were just perfunctory. The most engaging was Paul Prudhomme back in the early 90s when he was doing a cooking demo at my hotel in Mexico City. The demo was over and he had nothing specific to do so we just hung out for awhile. Really sweet guy and very accessible.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:06 PM
 
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Everyday, his name is Momotaro.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:28 AM
 
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Have met a few at cookbook signings and at their restaurants, but those were just perfunctory. The most engaging was Paul Prudhomme back in the early 90s when he was doing a cooking demo at my hotel in Mexico City. The demo was over and he had nothing specific to do so we just hung out for awhile. Really sweet guy and very accessible.
That's awesome. He seems like a jolly fellow when I've saw him on TV years ago.
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:26 PM
 
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Charlie Trotter.

Nice guy, but serious.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:04 PM
 
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I just met Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) this week at my work - she was in my neck of the woods. She is a lovely, classy and friendly lady. I really enjoyed seeing her. I got to talk to her and she signed my cookbook. I posted about this in the cooking shows thread.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:14 PM
 
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I met Prudhome when he was a cook for the the Brennans many years back, and I was passing through as an itinerant dishwasher. He was working on some of the ideas that would make him great one day.

Also met Julia Childs when she was in town and toured the restaurant where I was working as a prep cook.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:40 PM
 
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Martin Yan and Jacques Pepin at our local Asparagus Festival. Good guys. Martin Yan is a freak with his knife and ability to slam hundreds of ingredients together talking at lightning fast speed and make wonderful dishes. Especially back in the 1980's and 90's when he was in his prime.
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