Tastykake Step Van in Front of Cookie’s Tavern in South Philly originally uploaded by Ezra Wolfe
A couple of weeks ago I came across this interesting peek at a book which chronicles the last meal wishes for 50 different chefs. The book’s title is My Last Supper: The Next Course: 50 More Great Chefs and Their Final Meals: Portraits, Interviews, and Recipes. It matches up the chef’s last meal with the author’s own interpretation of that meal.
From the article:
“Yes, there was a lot of foie gras, a lot of caviar,” Dunea says, “and there was a lot of fried chicken, too! I tried to match their answers with a photograph, so in one case, I might have gone to a restaurant … I photographed a chef making illegal moonshine …
The chefs’ responses run the gamut. David Chang just wants a Bud Light. Tom Colicchio would want his mother’s gravy. Bill Telepan of New York City’s Telepan Restaurant envisions a picturesque white house on a farm, big sky, blueberries and a slow-cooked, cumin-rubbed, citrus-y pig, and his father making ice cream.
Bon Appetit went one step further and published some other excellent questions asked of the chefs pertaining to their last meal choices:
- 1. What would be the setting for the meal?
2. Who would prepare the meal?
3. What would you drink with your meal?
So if you knew it was your last day on Earth and you had one final meal to eat what would it be? Where would the meal be and who would be there? Would you be drinking a Coke like Mrs. Marcos or a sharp Surly Furious like lefty and Claire? Would you want the meal prepared at home by your mom, grandmother or wife? Would you want to be eating at your favorite restaurant? As a related aside, do you think prisoners should be able to eat whatever they want for their last meal when they are condemned to death? Whatever you have to say about your final meal go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.