This week’s podcast guest is freelance food writer/Top Chef Masters Judge:
We talk to him about how Biggie Smalls inspires his writing, the problem with Korean BBQ restaurants, and his first visit to Alinea (which doubled as a conversation about whether or not food is art.) Plus we asked him about his infamous discussion with Chef Eddie Huang about whether or not it’s fair for chefs to cook other cultures’ foods, and how that relates to the music world.
I wish that Americans didn’t have the need to cut off the narrative from the motherland and butcher our culture into components for a tasting menu. You can be successful like Xi’an Famous Foods or Baohaus serving largely unadultered food that is true to the pantry and palate with better messaging. Now, the discerning reader could say “Eddie, you love hip hop, that was the biggest commodifier.” Yes! But that’s why I love hip hop. It was the only moment I’ve seen in my lifetime where the villagers took the Man’s tools and proved Audre Lorde wrong. You CAN dismantle the Master’s House with the Master’s Tools, DJ Kool Herc showed us that.