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Jun 26, 2010 04:03 PM

Food-industry people you'd invite to dinner?

Four people, you included.

Name the other 3 you'd invite (living, not dead).

My guest list:

Anthony Bourdain
Alan Richman
Jonathan Gold


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  1. Anthony Bourdain
    Marcus Samuelsson
    Mario Batali or Jeffrey Steingarten

    1. it depends on whether we're allowed to let one (or more) of them do the cooking ;)

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        C'mon now!

        We're not heathens here. We wouldn't ever invite dinner guests over and expect them to do the cooking, right?

        Heck, we chowhounds have enough of a quandary figuring out whether to open that bottle of wine guests always seem to show up with. :-)

        1. re: ipsedixit

          you know i was kidding, right? well, sort of ;) anyway, there's no way i could choose just three...there are at least six that immediately come to mind in NYC alone.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            That's what makes it interesting!

            If it were 10 or 20, it would be almost too easy.

            Come on ghg, play along! :-)

            1. re: ipsedixit

              compromise. several of my top choices have already been mentioned so i'll toss out three that haven't:
              - Ed Levine
              - Wolfgang Puck
              - Jamie Oliver

      2. Andrew von Eschenbach
        Margaret A. Hamburg
        and maybe
        Rachel Ray.

        1. Tough one!! I'll assume I'm doing the cooking.

          Ming Tsai
          Marcus Samuelsson
          Andrew Zimmern

          Would make for some groovy dinner conversation. Ipse, I thought you misspelled Alan Rickman, and wondered how he was related to the food-industry. Google solved it though.

          1. That's easy!

            Eric Ripert
            Eric Ripert
            Eric Ripert

            (Horney Old Broad)

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            1. re: Caroline1

              you're gonna have to fight LindaWhit (and his wife) for him! ;)

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                Okay. I'll order a martial arts manual. '-)

              2. re: Caroline1

                Michael Chiarello has the right charisma for me. And Jacques Pepin for charm. And Anthony Bourdain for being so outrageously himself.

                If I were a guy, it would be Nigella Lawson for sure. She's overflowing with sensuousness and gorgeous to boot. Yes, I'm jealous!