Celebrity Chefs Play Poker, Hang in Bathroom in 'Blondie'

Sunday's comic strip features food-world favorites


Dagwood Bumstead of "Blondie" comic-strip fame has always been known as a food fanatic, but this Sunday’s strip took his sandwich fixation to a whole new level. In this peculiar strip, Dagwood is excited to receive a black velvet painting of his favorite celebrity chefs as a Father’s Day gift. Wouldn’t you be thrilled to receive a portrait including Emeril Lagasse, Rachael Ray, Buddy Valastro, and Giada De Laurentiis? Oh, and they’re all playing poker — bonus! The strip ends with Dagwood doing the most logical thing possible — hanging the painting in the bathroom, where he can gaze at it as he takes a bath.

The strip is a little weird, but not any weirder than America’s ever-increasing fixation with celebrity chefs. The top chefs mentioned in Sunday’s strip join a league of other food personalities that have also melded into mainstream pop culture, including Bobby Flay on Entourage and Wolfgang Puck in The Smurfs. Other chefs have expanded their territory into the pop-culture world on their own, like celebrity chef Chris Cosentino of Incanto, who worked with Marvel to write his own comic-book issue of Wolverine. It’s all indicative of our culture’s love-affair with turning eating into entertainment. Looks like Dagwood is no different from the millions of real-life people who tune into shows like Top Chef on the regular.

To catch up on past "Blondies," check out the comic’s website.