Note: All quotes are as they were written.
Chef Wan vs critics
In a series of reported Facebook posts: Critics are “bastards” who will “eventually destroy the whole world”; “Busuk hati (Malay for “bad-hearted people”) had wanted to see me fall even though I do not know anyone of them. It’s so unfair when you think of those people who do not value my contribution to this country and are IDIOTS.”
– The inimitable Singapore-born TV celebrity Chef Wan, dealing with the backlash after his son, Mohd Nadzri Redzuawan or Chef Riz, was discovered to have lied about holding positions in two famed New York restaurants.
Moral of the story: Don’t mess with dad.
Anthony Bourdain vs Sandra Lee
“Pure evil. This frightening Hell Spawn of Kathie Lee and Betty Crocker seems on a mission to kill her fans, one meal at a time. She Must Be Stopped. Her death-dealing can-opening ways will cut a swath of destruction through the world if not contained.”
– Anthony Bourdain on Sandra Lee, an American television cook famous for her usage of 70 per cent pre-packaged products and 30 per cent fresh items.
Moral of the story: Only fresh slugs for Bourdain, thank you.
Claude Bosi vs blogger James Isherwood
“As a man you should say something to my face when I ask… Please buy yourself a pair of balls and play with them.”
– French-born Chef Claude Bosi of London restaurant, two-Michelin-star Hibiscus, when James Isherwood blogged a rather bland assessment of his food.
Moral of the story: When someone blogs about you, tweet back.
David Chang vs San Francisco
“I will call bulls*** on San Francisco. There’s only a handful of restaurants that are manipulating food … f***ing every restaurant in San Francisco is serving figs on a plate with nothing on it.”
– Chef David Chang, founder of the two-Michelin star Momofuku Ko in New York.
Moral of the story: The reason why California gurls are so slim?
Gordon Ramsay vs Hell’s Kitchen contestant
“That must be one of the worst combinations I’ve ever tasted in 21 years of cooking. Piss off, will you.”
– Chef Gordon Ramsay to a contestant who served diver scallops together with caviar and white chocolate on an episode of ‘Hell’s Kitchen’.
Moral of the story: Do not serve Gordon Ramsay bad food.
Jean-Christophe Novelli vs Nigella Lawson
“Having witnessed her for the last 30 years of my life, it’s rather amazing for someone who has looked well over 60 for more than two-thirds of her life – from behind, and who has scavenged a big part of her starting life on mostly amazing basic French cooking. She is not even capable of supporting her own native cuisine.”
– French celebrity chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli on Nigella Lawson’s remark about French food (“just fancy sauces and plate decoration”)
Moral of the story: Don’t diss the French.
Les Deux Garcons (KL) vs customer
“If you have so much complaint… Please buy your desserts in Paris! you will see more attitudes.. It will really KILL me to have the kind of customers like this! We have no time for bit***”
– unidentified staff of Le Deux Garcons, a bakery in Kuala Lumpur, in response to an irate customer’s post on the bakery’s Facebook page in March 2013.
Moral of the story: Buy your macarons in France.
Marc Orfaly vs customer
“Hey Sandy, go f*** yourself, if you have any questions on how to proceed. Please call me at 617 680 3390, marc. You must enjoy vomit you bi*** if you know how much it tastes like. Secondly, if you had any clue about eating out, or balls, you would of informed your server you were unhappy with something, while at the restaurant, not on Face book… again f*** you, don’t come back.” He adds: “One last thing Sandra, please come back for your two hundred dollars, sorry if you can’t afford it, and I don’t want your money 🙂 Again, a good new year’s resolution judging from your fat face would be good to give up the pie Sweet Pea Xo”
– Chef Marc Orfaly of Boston-based restaurant Pigalle when customer, Sandy Tremblay, drowned her pumpkin sorrows on his restaurant’s Facebook page. The two eventually reconciled and became good friends.
Moral of the story: A public relations fairy godmother is essential to a chef’s career.
Marco Pierre White vs Jamie Oliver
“A fat chef with a drum kit. When he gets his first Michelin star, I’ll take him seriously.”
– Famously potty-mouthed UK Chef Marco Pierre White on the more beloved cookbook author Jamie Oliver.
Moral of the story: Cute, friendly and want to help reform school lunches? That’s a walking target.
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