In a longer piece on how chefs stay slim by any means necessary, the sometimes-enigmatic chef tells Mouthing Off that he enlists his manager whenever he’s away from Mission Chinese Food’s kitchen and dining at other restaurants, and extra courses invariably show up at the table as well-meant, but perhaps unbearable tokens of appreciation. (Ottavia Bourdain once said the experience was like getting “food-fucked.”) “I make Allen eat everything they send out,” Bowien tells the blog. “He’s the closer.” Hooray for general managers! [Mouthing Off/F&W;, Earlier, Related]
He just blocks his mouth.