Former NYT Restaurant Critic Rips Apart Food Network Personalities


Former New York Times restaurant critic Mimi Sheraton sat down in front of a television with, turned on the Food Network, and started saying cruel and incisive things about its stable of personalities and their obsession with breasts. And we loved it.

The 86-year-old Sheraton, who served as the Times’s critic during the seventies and early eighties, is so eminently quotable that we pulled a few of our favorites from the piece, which also describes Paula Deen doing horribly visceral things to chicken breasts:

On “the Cleavage Crowd” — Giada De Laurentiis, Rachael Ray, and, disturbingly, Deen:  “When I cook, I know there is sputtering fat, and I know there are crumbs flying, and I wonder how much of it gets down there…I mean, you would never fry shad roe because it sputters so much!”

Relatedly, on Paula Deen: “Deen, still massaging her breasts, tells us that she was “the only mother that taught my 14-year-old boys to rub their meat.” Sheraton pauses. ‘I don’t know how I feel about that.'”

Why David Chang Is A “Fucking” Fraud: He “seems to use [“fuck”] every other word, very consciously I believe…I saw him on Charlie Rose and he never said [fuck] once. They must have warned him. He spoke like a perfectly normal, educated nice Queens boy. And I thought, This guy is a phony.”

Ina Garten, On The Other Hand, Is Absolutely Delectable: “I love her face. She looks good enough to eat!”


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