Back of the House

Casual Is the New Snooty — But Chefs Are Still Better Than You

Chefs are imperious demigods who impose endless indignities on diners, Bruni says; also admits the possibility that critics may be partially to blame. [NYT]

What’s life like for big-shot chefs, anyway? How much money do they make, and where does it come from? Flay, Batali, and a number of lesser beings spill the beans. [NYT]

According to annonymous sources, Rachel Ray apparently had a few racially insensitive words to say about her new patron Oprah Winfrey two years ago. [TMZ]

Casual restaurants are the way to go these days, says Cynthia Killian, pointing to the latest efforts of former March chef Wayne Nish, Onera (now Kefi) chef Michael Psilakis, and newly installed Thor chef Kevin Pomplun. [NYP]
Related: Psilakis Casting Aside Intellect and Technique
Thor’s New Chef: I Just Want to Fit In!

Brooklyn vegan chef equates her cooking with punk rock, and Times writer buys it. [NYT]

A white American chef with a Swedish last name rues the fact that people don’t take him seriously as a master of Mexican cookery. [NYT]

Montrachet closed and may never reopen, says FloFab; Barcibo Enoteca and Black Pearl opening. [NYT]

Dead Scottish poet Robert Burns Night to be honored with the consumption of the sheep-stomach sausage known as haggis. Here’s where to get it. [NYP]

At “paradise on earth,” the giant Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. [NYS]

Bret Thorn, not usually so proletarian, devotes much of the column to a Super Bowl eats guide. [NYS]

Daniel Boulud said to consult on downtown casual spot. [Snack]

Casual Is the New Snooty — But Chefs Are Still Better Than You