Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Food Fight! Chicago Mag vs. Graham Elliot Bowles
Chefs, like artists, are sensitive as hell.
Ask Graham Elliot Bowles of the whimsical River North eatery that's made him a star at Lollapalooza as well as a colorful fixture on "Top Chef Masters."
Tuesday he went hard on Chicago Magazine because he didn't like its review of the cuisine that'll be served at the three-day music festival happening in August.
His words cut right through the bone in a Twitter message directed at the magazine:
"Three words of the day: FUCK CHICAGO MAGAZINE."
After a few hours, the magazine snarkily responded:
"Only if you buy us dinner first."
Then they followed up with a less abrasive tweet:
"We appreciate @grahamelliot's opinion on our opinion. He's doing his job, we're doing ours. No need to make it out to be more than it is."
I've seen some chefs vs. food media fights, but this one is just a little strange.
UPDATE: Ummmmmm, and now his retorts here and here:
"Bought you dinner/drinks last night, which your JV Yearbook team promptly 'reviewed.' Stay classy Chi Mag!"
"Misquotes, inaccuracies, pseudo reviewing of tastings/samples of menu, topped w/ overall crappy writing."