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#1 Wilfrid

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:09 PM

This could go in the NBC thread, except the guy is based in Los Angeles. A series of comments by Thornton, and his interlocutor Dana Goodyear, in the current New Yorker really capture the Zeitgeist. Chef as legend; eating as quest.

Thornton is thirty and skinny, five feet nine, with a lean, carved face and the playful, semi-wild bearing of a stray animal that half-remembers life at the hearth. ...Lost boys flock to him; at any given time, there are a couple of them camping on his floor, in tents and on bedrolls.


He once lost fifteen pounds driving across the country because he couldn’t bring himself to eat road food.


[A guest:] “He is obsessed with obscurity, which is why I love him."


[Thornton:] “Cooking is creating a big fucking problem and learning how to solve it.”


Being presented with a plate of Thornton’s food often feels like stumbling upon a crime scene while running through the woods.


Emoticons are not enough.

Running a tiny operation with a set menu allows Thornton to buy, in small quantities, ingredients that are impractical for most regular restaurants: too expensive (watershield, a kind of Northwestern lily pad)...


Thornton told me. “They know with me I don’t care what something costs.”


The apartment was quiet and dimly lit. Small pelts were draped here and there; a preserved rat bobbed in a jar...


Prince Zaleski kept a mummy in his apartment.

Thornton rarely has a chance to test dishes, and much of what he makes he has never eaten before.


[A guest:] "He never makes the same fucking flavors twice,” he said. “They’re rainbows. You can’t catch them."



#2 Lex

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:20 PM

Oh. This is just great.

He dresses in moody blacks and grays, with the occasional Iron Maiden T-shirt, and likes his jeans girl-tight. His hair hangs to his waist, but he keeps it tucked up in a newsboy cap with cutouts over the ears.


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#3 Wilfrid

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 07:02 PM

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Craig Thornton.









NOT!

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 07:49 PM

awesome, he's like totally into improv

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#5 Wilfrid

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 07:56 PM

Just possibly, the change in guests' demeanor during the meal from reserved to jolly, may have to do with something other than the food.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:42 PM

what a horrific childhood
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:05 PM

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:29 PM

Protein TV. Protein TV.
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:29 PM

I am not for this world.
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:50 PM

From Earth, to farm, to cryovac, to flux capacitor....

I'm waiting for Ashton Kutcher to pop out and tell the diners they've been Punk'd
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:00 PM

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not sure if this is in response to my comment about Thornton's childhood but it was a serious one (although perhaps others have not read that far into the story)

seems pretty harmless after growing up in a boarded trailer with a pair of mentally ill sadistic neo-Nazi drug addicts
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:31 PM


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not sure if this is in response to my comment about Thornton's childhood but it was a serious one (although perhaps others have not read that far into the story)

seems pretty harmless after growing up in a boarded trailer with a pair of mentally ill sadistic neo-Nazi drug addicts

Nope, I didn't get that far into the article. I just thought the cartoon was funny and in-line with everything else in the thread. I didn't realize until looking back now that the cartoons that appear next to online content are randomly inserted (I thought it was part of the article when I posted it.)

#13 Wilfrid

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:33 PM

I didn't connect the cartoon with the comment about childhood.

Yes, very rough time he had.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 12:34 AM

It really made me grateful for the craftsmanship and relative relaxedness I experienced at Bite Club and Um Segredo.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 03:05 PM

It really made me grateful for the craftsmanship and relative relaxedness I experienced at Bite Club and Um Segredo.


Did you go?

(it seems more LA than NBC)

ETA: not a snark - if you went, post about it. Would love to read the write-up.

I think you need to interpret what I'm saying in a reasonable way.