13 Freaky Food Celebrity Masks
RUTH REICHL The editorial advisor to Gilt Taste has a scary résumé that includes Gourmet and before that famously dressing up in different costumes and wigs to maintain her anonymity as restaurant critic for The New York Times. But don't be fooled! It's not her curriculum vitae that you need fear, nor the mask's leering vacant eyes and teeth-clenched smile. It's the Reichl tweets! They've spawned a James Beard Award-winning parody (see below), and Reichl herself has even gotten a new book deal out of gems like: "Cold sake-steamed chicken, straight from the refrigerator. Pearly flesh smooth as satin. Cats twine hopefully around my ankles. Think not." As Eater has noted, they're daily reminders that Reichl's life is better than yours.
MARTHA STEWART She's one of the most powerful people in food, she's spent time in the clink, and if you believe what Alexis Stewart is reported to have written in her new book, even Martha's daughter is kind of scared of her: "Martha does everything better! You can't win! If I didn't do something perfectly, I had to do it again… I grew up with a glue gun pointed at my head." Don't fall for the smile! It's food celebrity EV-IL!
Photos courtesy of (in order of appearance) Flickr/John Edwards 2008, Wikimedia Commons/Adriankwok, Craft Restaurant, Macy's, Gerry Dawes, Wikimedia Commons/Allan Warren, The Brooks Group, Gerry Dawes, Ruth Reichl, Wikimedia Commons/Tabercil, Wikimedia Commons/David Shankbone