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Any one else Considering Cancelling their Ludo Bites Reservation?

...after seeing his behavior (and quite frankly his cooking) on Top Chef Master's last night?

I am on the fence.

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  1. I will gladly take your reservation.

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    1. re: wienermobile

      LOL now I really can't wait to watch!! I have it on Tivo for tonight.....

    2. Uh... what? Why?

      I used to work for him, and that's just how he is. He hasn't changed his attitude nor the way he cooks since the time you made your reservation and the TCM episode aired.

      And if the foie gras croque monsieur is served the night of your reservation... you have to go.

      1. Yes he was obnoxious last night on TCM, and he really did not "get" pub food in his ego exercise. So happy to see Jonathan Waxman win.

        In terms of Ludo, I wouldn't be quick to dismiss him based on his performance last night, seems he has a reputation for turning out well received food, but I just wouldn't suffer his ego.

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        1. re: ChinoWayne

          you don't have dinner with him @ his place. he just makes you the food.

          1. re: ChinoWayne

            Ludo doesn't seem very bright, but he's probably good at what he normally does.

          2. What a horrible, horrible little man. I was wincing along with all the other chefs every time he opened his obnoxious mouth.

            1. I tend to believe that what we see on television isn't necessarily truth. Call me crazy, but "reality" television is only as real as the producers allow it to be.

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              1. re: brooklynkoshereater

                Yes there is some truth to that, but after watching many many reality programs -- and Top Chef episodes -- you can get a sense when the producers are misrepresenting someone or when a person is just way off base -- and I think the latter is true in Ludo's case last night.

              2. I am by no means defending Ludo, but I can understand his frustration at Moonen practically demanding fish and chips. Seafood, what a surprise! Maybe he should try and branch out a little. That being said, Ludo was still incredibly obnoxious.

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                1. re: jackbauer

                  his job is chef, not clown, therapist, or rent-a-friend.

                  1. re: thew

                    Exactly.

                    You dont get a character report on every owner of every place you custom - do you?

                    1. re: NellyNel

                      No... and I don't want him to be my therapist, friend or whatever. But if I determine that a chef/owner is a jerk and I don't want to frequent their restaurant, I feel completely justified. There are so many great restaurants to choose from, why would I go to one that leaves a bad taste in my mouth?

                      1. re: StheJ

                        If you feel that strongly of course it's up to you, but I am sure there are allot of restaurant owners that are jerks, but you dont know about it, so you go and enjoy your meal regardless...so I just think if the food and ambience are pleasing - why care about it?
                        (thats me..I understand you feel differently and you dont have to justify why you feel that way

                        1. re: NellyNel

                          You make a good point: if I don't know that the restaurateur is a jerk, then as long as the food is good I'll go there. It's really only when the curtain gets drawn back and I see that a chef/restaurateur is a jerk that I would consider not patronizing a particular establishment. e.g. Ludo on TCM or Spike on TC.

                          On the other hand:

                          1. a chef could be the nicest person in the world but serve bad food and I still would not patronize their establishment; and

                          2. a jerk chef's cuisine could be so incredibly good, that it wouldn't matter that they hate puppies or whatever...

                          1. re: StheJ

                            lol!
                            Exactly...
                            I havent seen the TC episode yet w/ Ludo..I mean I suppose if he is THAT bad I wouldnt go out of my way to try his place - but if I knew he made amazing amazing amazing food - I wouldnt care