Gordon Ramsay and Binging with Babish will tell you that a good knife is all you need to cook well. If seasoned professionals or avid home cooks tell you knives are the most important tool in cooking, then it must be true.
It’s no secret that much of the “Star Wars” franchise is problematic. It boasts a cinematic universe in which cast diversity is (supposedly) satisfied by the presences of James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams and Samuel L. Jackson. The hypersexualization of women is normalized through sexualized alien women and lead characters in metal bikinis.
On Tuesday, March 24, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released a stay-at-home executive order for all individuals in Michigan. Exceptions include those who require groceries and living essentials, as well as workers who are essential to sustain and protect life or those required to maintain basic business operations. Among those businesses still running are grocery stores and restaurants.
“I got people for that shit.” Abbreviating the phrase to PFTS, Kevin Gillepsie, one of the contestants in the new season of “Top Chef: All Stars,” says he has his own kitchen staff in his restaurants who perform the menial kitchen tasks that the contestants are now expected to perform on the show. For the show’s contestants, many of whom have their own restaurants, PFTS is the overarching sentiment of the new season — a competition filled with tasks resembling the kitchen grunt’s stress-filled trip down memory lane.
I find it hard to avoid burnout when it comes to my own passions and hobbies. Food is one of those passions that fell to the burnout. I continuously worked in the kitchen during my academic career; handling, creating and consuming food were the highlights of my day in light of the drudgery of exams and projects compounded by the existential dread of “planning for my future.”
On Monday, Mar. 16, Governor Whitmer issued an executive order closing all Michigan restaurants and bars to slow the spread of the coronavirus — an unfortunate consequence of the pandemic for what would otherwise have been an exciting new time for the Ann Arbor food scene.
Note: The following article should not be taken as a comprehensive guide of various restaurants within Manhattan or the Five Boroughs. This article simply showcases what the author has eaten within New York City over the course of a week.