Paul Redman, one of my students from the Culinary Institute of America who himself teaches future chefs in Seattle, informed me today that a classmate, Dale Talde, is going to be competing to be the Bravo networks' next Top Chef. It seems strange to me that I remember Dale out of thousands of students that passed through my classroom. And it is very gratifying to know that he is still out there, like Paul, fighting the good fight for the craft.
Regular readers of this blog probably know that my interest in cooking competition is tepid at best. So tepid in fact, that last season I had to force myself to watch "The Next Iron Chef" when my good friend Mr. Ruhlman was on as a judge. But force myself I did, and I suppose I will do the same when Dale has his moment in the sun.
Good luck Dale!