America's Most Powerful Chef
Forbes Magazine has published its annual list of top power monkeys for 2005-2006 and according to them, Rachel Ray is America's most powerful chef. She's got 4 TV shows going, two cook books out this year, a magazine and God knows what else. For all of this, Rachel brought home a paltry six million dollars. I enjoy Rachel's shows but she's beginning to show signs of over exposure. It seems that every time I turn on the Food Network, there she is. Take a breath woman!
Rounding out the list (in order) are: Wolfgang Puck ($16 Million), Emeril Lagasse ($10 Million) and Mario Batali ($5 Million).
I wonder what "power" these chefs wield. What can they really accomplish? What "power" does a celebrity really have? And how come there's no barbecue chefs on the list?
I wonder about the new celebrity of chef. Who really cares about the face behind the food? I don't mean that I don't care about the person but in the end all I want is a good meal.