New York, NY, Sept. 25–MICHAEL RUHLMAN and ANTHONY BOURDAIN are pleased to announce:

The 1st ANNUAL GOLDEN CLOG AWARDS
The Best and Worst of the Year in Food

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Nominees and categories to be announced in the Fall of 2007 shall be selected by an Advisory Board consisting of noted experts and authorities including chef/restaurateur and television personality Mario Batali, Next Iron Chef contender Michael Symon, journalists Russ Parsons in Los Angeles, Ed Levine and Jennifer Leuzzi in New York, and Dara Moskowitz in the heartland, among other notable and questionable authorities.

Winners will be decided unilaterally and unscientifically by Messrs. Ruhlman and Bourdain at the prestigious Awards Ceremony, to be held at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival in February 2008.  While the presence of winners cannot be guaranteed or even recommended, celebrity presenters shall be in attendance. The valuable, vintage clogs given to those winners who do show up shall surely take their places among the Greatest Honors of Recorded History!

Award Categories include:

THE "FERGUS" AWARD —  for best achievement in offal.

THE "ALTON" AWARD —  for the food personality who can actually cook.

THE "MARIO" AWARD —  for the chef/restaurateur who best multi-tasked, merchandised, multi-platformed and generally whored himself or herself yet still continued to make significant and valuable contributions to the restaurant landscape.

THE "ROCCO" AWARD —  for worst career move by a talented chef.

THE "CHEF’S CHEF" AWARD —  for the least heralded yet most deserving working chef.

And many more!  Stay tuned to this blog for updates!

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125 Wonderful responses to “Press Release! The Golden Clog”

  • WhatisCanadianCuisine?

    What? No award for the Canadian chefs? We have our own loudmouth chef up here too – Lynn Crawford. Can’t there be a category for obnoxious loudmouth Canadian chef of the year?

  • Claudia

    For Tony in DC:

    [url=http://www.lisner.org/eventdetails.asp?id=381]http://www.lisner.org/eventdetails.asp?id=381[/url] (DC, 11/07 7p)

    I’ve just one date for Michael in NYC and one in SF, so far.

  • N R

    This is outrageously Off-Topic

    But

    I am a culinary student assigned to compose a short written essay on Chef Thomas Keller. Which one of your books would you recommend?

    Thanks for the tip.
    Regards,

    NR

  • Snoozer

    Awesome! I got tickets. That can be part of his anniversary gift. Thanks for the heads up, Claudia!

    And you up there from Canada, we just got back from Quebec — we called it the “foie gras tour.” Excellent food, lousy coffee. First thing I did upon getting home was make myself a huge cup o’home ground joe. Starbucks – nor anything remotely like it – has definitely not found Quebec.

  • Candice

    I cannot believe the important award that has been overlooked! The Cool “Guy” Award- it goes to the trying too hard, overly bleached, rapidly aging, chef that overuses phrases like “Rad”, “Rockin”, “Sick”, and “Awesome” and has his “buddies“ help on every show. Oh, an a wristband around the forearm is a prerequisite to even get nominated.

  • random grammar nazi

    Style:

    In the biographical blurb in the upper-right corner, you at one point use a comma before the closing “and” of a list (“…food, the work and business of the chef, AND about cooking…”), but in the final sentence, you omit this comma. Sorry to copy-edit the blog, but we are a writer and all.

  • The Professor

    I do not understand why some people post here with only negative things to say, why not just go somewhere else? Is it an attempt at humor? I enjoy Tony, his show and his credo in general. I do however disagree with him about The Allman Brothers(see Spin.com back page), they should never be considered in the same class as Billy Joel or ABBA.

  • The Professor

    After many, many hours of thought I have concluded that Ruhlman is a genius. These awards will be great and I look forward to them. Also I think that the people who invented the awards get to invent the categories.

  • Starla

    To all of you who whine about Rocco snarkiness.

    Bite me. Rocco will always be a whipping boy because he is. If you don’t like it, don’t read the posts. And his use of plastic surgery just makes it more fun…

    Come on Rocco, you know you had work done, just admit it and we will move on…

  • Melly

    The first annual anal golden clog award would have to go to Sara Molten.

    the “shut my mouth” award..to Rachel Ray
    the “get over yourself” award..Guy Fieri

  • Frances

    “I enjoy Tony, his show and his credo in general. I do however disagree with him about The Allman Brothers(see Spin.com back page), they should never be considered in the same class as Billy Joel or ABBA.”

    After an extended period of breathing into a paper bag and listening to “Cross To Bear” on repeat play, I’m okay now. I was able to locate Tony’s essay on Spin and found it 70% enjoyable and 30% creepy. Not that the creepiness takes anything whatsoever away from the piece.

    If someone truly understands the travesty of justice, the perversion of all that is good and right in this world, that Molly Hatchet’s version of “Dreams” was (taking a 12-bar beat and turning it into a freakin’ waltz), then they also have to take into account that not everybody knows everything or cares about The Allman Brothers. And that One Way Out was not among their best work.

  • Claudia

    Snoozer, a more complete list of Tony’s gigs is on the TC No Rez board, with the complete list to follow by the end of the week.

  • Claudia

    Snoozer, a more complete list of Tony’s gigs is on the TC No Rez board, with the complete list to follow by the end of the week.

  • Frederick P Alpern,MD

    rachel ray should get the black clog award for the chef with the most irrating demeanor and the uncanny ability to cook shit that looks like shit and tastes like shit. she is a terrible excuse for a cook or a personality.

  • Claudia

    No, Rachael should get a BROWN clog – full of shit, preferably Namibian warthog – in a special category for New York State-born lame-ass food “personalities”. That being, naturally, the “Eat (Your Own) Shit and Die!” category for the TV foodie who has shoveled the most shit at the hapless American consumer. But perhaps it’s just too obvious a choice . . .

  • sam

    I am granting myself a special award for being “Most out of touch with the Foodie-In-Crowd”

  • loix

    I love:
    – The “Fergus”, the “Chef’s Chef”, and the “Steingarten”–way to go!
    – Ms. Garten’s nomination. All the recipes from her show (those that I tried) work. I hope she wins.

    A few questions:
    – Mr. Batali is a nominee in the category bearing his name … ?
    – I’d have expected to see Ms. Ray’s name in either (or both of) the “Mario” or the “Cat” categories. Maybe next year?
    – Eater.com mentioned the “Cat” award. Has it been taken off the list?