In the last eight hours, ELV besides eating and drinking some of the best food and wine on the planet, has had the privilege to interview Gaia Gaja (a beautiful gal who was more than generous with her pours and her information about her spectacular array of wines), Pierre Gagnaire (who giggled like a teenager over his excitement about coming to Las Vegas), and Hubert Keller (who really should have won Top Chef Masters).
You’ll have to wait on the verbatim transcripts of our conversations with Ms. Gaja and Mon. Gagnaire, and it’s unfortunate that most of our talk with Mon. Keller was off the record, but for the time being let’s just say that The Great Hubert deserves to be more than a little miffed over not winning TCM.
As gracious as he is, we all know he was and is the better chef. The fact that young pups James Oseland and Jay Rayner (not to mention Gael “I used to be a slut” Greene) got their heads turned by Mexican mole, when a Hubert’s salmon souffle was clearly the more difficult dish to pull off, only speaks to their love of bold flavors over true technique.
He deserved to win. He followed the challenge to the letter, and the judges should be condemned to eat a slab of rancid headcheese for their amateurish swooning over Rick Bayless’s Mexican food over that of a true master.
So sayeth ELV.