It’s 30 degrees in Lyon, France, and world-renowned chef Thomas Keller looks deceptively European in a perfectly assembled scarf. Keller, a California native, is the James Beard Foundation award-winning, Michelin star-decorated chef and restaurateur behind Per Se and The French Laundry. He’s in France for the Bocuse d’Or, the closest thing the world has to a culinary olympics, serving as the president of Team USA.
Kate Berlant is a hilarious actress and comedian who I first saw in “Paris,” a YouTube video she made with her frequent collaborator John Early. She recently played a creepy manager at an evil company in Boots Riley’s anti-capitalist dark comedy Sorry to Bother You and just did a month’s worth of Communikate shows at Edinburgh, Scotland’s Fringe festival. The New York Times loves her.
A lot of actors claim to love cooking, but with Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, it’s really true. Burtka is actually a Cordon Bleu-trained chef, and adores making food with his family. I recently had the chance to chat with Harris and Burtka on the phone about their culinary lives. Read on for a peek into their family’s breakfast routines, on-set eating, and what it was like to shoot Burtka's upcoming cookbook at their home.
Andrew Zimmern doesn't have the luxury of succumbing to jet lag. It might take him 40 hours to get to a gig, but he’ll be camera-ready when he gets there, no questions asked. “People say, ‘How the fuck can you do that?’” Zimmern says. “I'm like, well, it's really easy. I'm in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. If you can't get it up for that, something is wrong with you.”