I am a Clevelander and Michael Symon the famed Iron Chef and celebrity du jour also, hails from this mid-west town.
Along with his acolyte, Johathon Sawyer, cuisine in Cleveland continues to function as a pork delivery system, along side of french fries in duck fat and fois gras as garnish.
Food trends happen for many reasons and conspicuous consumption factors in, I’m sure.
But at what point do we question celebrating gratuitous overindulgence as a substitute for culinary genius?
I get it. If you like bacon then food cooked with or otherwise augmented with bacon is delicious.
Like ice cream? Like Bacon? Mix the two and, voila! Genius!
I think not.
It’s like putting a girl in a bikini on a car.
Is it a better car? Is the design imaginative or ground breaking?
Or is it just a car with a scantily clad girl astride?
A dish which is flavorful and healthy, appealing to the eye and created without death and suffering; now that takes some talent!
Make cauliflower sexy; without bacon! and make me lust for a fruit dessert over the chocolate molten, whatever and I’m impressed.
There is a place for everything, I will concede. However, the Malthusian mathematics will come back to haunt is all.
Technology aside, there is only so much land to fill the appetites of food porn addicts and the lowest common denominator of palates!
And while some of my favorites may be no more or less creative and unique, I would like to think that they are environmentally friendly and healthy.
Coconut milk soups, fruit purees, fried broccoli rabe with Marcona almonds, nut creams both sweet and savory and an endless array of spices and greens presented in inventive and unexpected ways will satisfy and delight time after time.
Check out the article below for a short list of tired favorites.
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