With 35 years in the F&B world and numerous encounters with most of the top chefs in this country , I feel somewhat qualified to respond to Drizzt's comments.
His personal opinion of the reviews is just that, his personal opinion and as such he is entitled to it.
On the other hand his opinion of Ken's cooking abilities lead me to believe that his F&B experience was formed in an elementary school cafeteria and has obviously not grown since.
Regardless of what any chef may feel personally towards Vedrinski as a person there is no "honest cook" who would question the quality of the food that he prepares. Most chefs that I know, and I know most chefs in this town, will wax poetic after having the pleasure of eating Ken's food.
As the late great Johnny Apple of the New York Times said to me "I have never had better anywhere including Milan". Mr. Apple spent 35 years writing about food and was considered in the industry one of the foremost gourmands in this country.
I, as numerous members of the F&B community, am thrilled to eat Vedrinski's food and urge Drizzt to try again and hopefully learn something about what great cooking is. Finally, if Vedrinski did buy pasta at Publix before, have you ever in your life seen anyone do such amazing things with a premade product?
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