Food writer and frequent NY Times contributor Mark Bittman recently reveals
how he really feels about food television in an interview with Ruth Reichl, stirring up controversial opinions and more than ruffling Alton Brown's feathers.
Bittman stated that food television isn't as "pure" as his writing process and is nothing more than "competition" and "nastiness." He continues further to declare that no one has "actually learned how to scramble an egg" from a cooking show. Bittman argues that food television has blurred the line between cooks and chefs, and that anyone on television is assumed to be a chef.
Bittman's comments fired up Alton Brown's twitter feed:
"I guess I should feel grateful that Mark Bittman has erased any illusions I may have had regarding Good Eats as a teaching vehicle."
"Because we now know definitively that you can't learn cooking from television. Dang."
"Very good cooks who are employed as 'chefs' rarely refer to themselves as 'chefs'. They refer to themselves as 'cooks.'"
"To the thousands who've told me you learned to scramble eggs from Good Eats, the shocking truth: you didn't!"What do you think about the Bittman-Brown feud?