Many decades ago Julia Child sent a message to the culinary world. It was quite simple; everyone should be able to make and experience ‘haute’ cuisine in the comfort of their own home. Her teaching style also demonstrated that we should never make the culinary arts a god but rather an experience where we may share, laugh and entertain others.
At nearly the same time Robert Mondavi sent a message to the world that our very culture could be transformed by fusing wine, art, and food. He too never said that wine should or those who know about wine should be more important than those who consume the beverage. In fact his beginnings hailing back to Minnesota where his father worked in the coal mines and his mother cared for guests at their modest inn, revealed his upbringing into a much humbler mindset.
Julia, Robert, and so many others believed and believe to this day that we can have a culture where food and wine knowledge unifies our world.
Today viewers enjoy the antics, talent, choreography, and sheer drama of the Iron Chef shows. The US holds top spots in winemaking and wine consumption.
Alas, the job of any committed food and beverage professional is exceptionally difficult. The real iron chef is the worker watching the deep fryer at your local burger stop or working their 25th straight shift in a row at a favorite hotel.
Every well trained bartender and server deserves the title of beverage expert now that the standard for quality requires wine and spirits lists which are fairly complex and the demands on standards of service increase daily.
This past week the food and beverage world lost someone who exemplified the ideas of Julia, Robert and so many others. His name was Anthony Bourdain.
Anthony stood up for all those who experienced the pressure and complication of human interaction, relentlessly unforgiving environments, and the pressures of day to day life. He stood for the cultures from around the world who show us their love and struggles in every plate they prepare and serve. He had the guts to level the playing field.
I could almost hear him say, there is no great wine mind, there is no great food mind, there are only great human minds and they are created equal.
He embodied the true definition of the title Iron Chef.
God Speed Tony. You were a cultural father in so many ways.
By Luis Torres
June 17, 2018
Source: Luis Torres CMO/CSO at Go-Wine.com
Image Source Julia: Juliachildfoundation.org
Image Source Robert: Robertmondaviwinery.com
Image Source Anthony:www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TaB9Aiti
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