Canadian chef Paul Shufelt has challenged local food critics to try their hand at cooking and being critiqued — all in good fun, of course.
Shufelt wants to host an Eat Your Words dinner at one of his restaurants in which critics will prepare a three-course meal for 150 people that will be judged by a panel. The meal would be a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House Northern Alberta, CBC News reported.
“I understand that it would come across as a little bit of an attack on them, but that was not my intention,” Shufelt said. “It was meant to catch them off-guard and surprise them, much like chefs who end up waking up in the morning reading a review they didn’t even know was coming.”
The chef said he hoped to host the dinner in January, if he could get some food critics on board. “I have a few [critics] that have expressed interest and want to participate and a few that are very reluctant … hopefully we can persuade them that it’s all in good fun,” Shufelt said. He hopes the experience will “close the gap between the kitchen and the dining room.”