I watch a lot of (bad) reality TV. But with the onslaught of this type of programming, even I have to be selective. So if it’s travel, music, fashion, cooking, or real estate related, it’s recorded so that I can speed-watch it all in one blurred weekend while I’m looking (as opposed to reading) at magazines or tidying up the house or catching up on emails and a million other things. Background noise, I call it. But surely a lot of this stuff must be seeping into my subconscious because these days we make it a point to visit restaurants run by Top Chef or Iron Chef contestants, and as elementary as I am in the kitchen, I love to score restaurants based on taste, plating, and originality. And that just so wasn’t me at all before reality TV came into my life!
Anyway, in today’s ODJ I actually manage to get an action shot on a recent visit to the Technique restaurant run by Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena:
The place is tiny yet lofty and booked solid. We were just lucky to have scored a reservation. We had to share a table with strangers but I was happy to be facing a window to people watch:
Shall we get to the fashion bit first? Let’s start with the runway shots (photos courtesy of Style.com):
ODJ 247: Chanel 07C cotton tweed jumpsuit, Leo flap, belt, and YSL suede/patent slingbacks. Black Tahitian pearls.
And now on to the food:
Then the good stuff:
There’s no reality show based on this cooking school yet, but let’s get down to business, shall we?
Let’s just say the concept wasn’t as well executed as it could have been. Maybe we got the first year students cooking our meals this night. But I’ll give them an A+ for friendliness!