Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Who Runs This Town?! Billy vs. Bowles . . .
Billy Dec (left) and Graham Elliot Bowles
Marketing Geniuses? Chicago Ambassadors? Or Media Whores?!
Graham Elliot Bowles and Billy Dec are certainly two of Chicago's larger-than-life personalities we just cannot seem to get enough of.
One's a star chef and the other's an old-school clubhead turned successful restaurateur. And what they have in common is that they've both mastered the art of keeping themselves newsworthy through various ventures as well as outrageous stunts . . .
Who The Hell Are They?!
Bowles: Executive Chef/Owner at graham elliot, grahamwich
Dec: Managing Partner at Rockit Bar & Grill River North, Rockit Bar & Grill Wrigleyville, Sunda, Underground
Bowles: Anthony Bourdain, Perry Farrell, Gordon Ramsay
Dec: Jeremy Piven, David Schwimmer, Mayor Daley
Bowles: "Top Chef Masters," "Iron Chef America," FOX's "MasterChef" (debuts in July)
Dec: "Friends," "Entourage," "The Hills," "Metromix: The TV Show"
Twitter Stats (as of June 30, 2010)
Bowles: Followers, 3,192; Following, 0.
Dec: Followers, 8,015; Following, 3,101.
Most Outrageous Media Stunt
Bowles: Served as a "Chippendales" Bartender at Pops for Champagne
Dec: Infamously chowed down on human breast milk cheese on the "Today" show
Most Publicly Unselfish Moment
Bowles: The first-ever Culinary Director for Lollapalooza, he's charged with bringing a number of local restos to the three-day fest, including Big Star, Blue 13, Kuma's, Sunda and Trotter's to Go.
Dec: Served as one of the tireless ambassadors for the failed 2016 Chicago Olympics campaign.
So which one of these wild and craaaaazy guys runs this town?!
Cast your vote now at the bottom of the page . . .