Rock stars are imploding into black holes these days, but chefs are shining brightly in the celebrity firmament. Juliette Rossant keeps track of their trajectories in books--she's the author of " Super Chefs" ---but also on her Superchefblog.
The intro to her book defines what makes a chef super, as compared to say, fabulous, quirky or merely sublime.
"A number of ingredients go into making Super Chefs. Their businesses reach geographically outside one city and beyond restaurants into other businesses. They are celebrated for their cooking talents and bedazzling, media-savvy ways. They manage large businesses, building brand names and personal wealth unheard of before among chefs. Their business empires are enduring."
If you have a hankering to elevate a favorite chef to the super pantheon level, check out Juliette's blog and click on Vote for White House Guest Chefs. You may vote for one of Juliette's picks, or suggest your own.
But, come on, how tough is it to turn out PB&J sandwiches? No, sorry, the voting is for an Executive Chef at the White House. The incumbent, Walter Scheib, has been twiddling his thumbs and yawning for the past four years. According to the Washington Post, George W. Bush held only four state dinners during his first term in office. ( His Dad had 41 during his four years.) Chef Scheib will stay on until a replacement is named.
Chefs image thanks to www.utilikilts.com