Thanks to Grub Street, we now know that juice is the new shrooms. Through methods unknown, they got NYC chefs Michael White, Alex Stupak, and Josh Capon to participate in a weeklong juice cleanse, and they agreed to keep a diary of their results. (We’d love to know how many turned it down, but we do know that Andrew Carmellini begged off, saying that he needed to maintain muscle mass: “I need muscle to crush heads.”)
While Stupak discovered that juice was, after a horrible first day, an excellent alternative to Red Bull, and Capon soon became a kale-eating juice evangelist, Michelin-winner White was forced to give up his diet due to some unexpected news:
I got the Pete Wells memo … New York Times Nicoletta review. Cleanse, as we know it, over. I will now, immediately, be tasting a lot of pizza post-Cheshes/Wells/Sutton reviews. Went home, put my feet up, ignored Eater commentary and tried to stay positive with a coconut juice nightcap. Most chefs would have probably hit the Jameson.
Well hey, it sure beats crying into melted Ben & Jerry’s.
It’s a shame, though, because White was getting really enthusiastic about juicing. By the end of the week, he hadn’t lost weight: “I guess I cheated … more than once, and that’s why, but it was worth a challenge and was a nice distraction during an otherwise rocky week.”
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