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Chef Tim Love Gets Well-Oiled at the Food & Wine Classic

By June 20, 2009

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 Photo Name Tim Love, the celebrated cowboy chef at Lonesome Dove in Fort Worth Texas, was pulling an all-nighter. In addition to slowly smoking whole goat, lamb, and venison for a special luncheon hosted by Stella Artois at the Hotel Jerome, he was doing an amazing 48 interviews for a satellite media tour, which began at 5 AM and didn't finish until 11 AM.

 Photo Name Around 8 AM, Chef Love decided he and his associate needed something a little stronger than orange juice to get through the rest of the interviews, so a young waiter was sent into the hotel to get two shots of Crown Royal. He soon returned, and handed two large shot glasses to the weary chef.

A quick toast was made and the much-needed glasses of whiskey tipped. About halfway down, Love knew something wasn't right. In the dark, smoky haze of the Hotel Jerome terrace, the chef realized he had just consumed a double shot of vegetable oil.

 Photo Name Since he was outside cooking when the request was made, the waiter thought the chef had asked for "canola oil" and not "Crown Royal." Needless to say, Chef Love was not amused and "explained" the mix up to the horrified server. After learning a few new Texan expressions, he was given the rest of the day off.

By noon, Chef Love was none the worse for wear, and with a big smile he shared this soon-to-be classic kitchen tale. I will post a full recap of the "Three Animals, Three Belgium Beers" lunch when I return from Aspen. Tim's goat, lamb, and venison were delicious, and masterfully paired with three great glasses of beer by Master Beer Sommelier Marc Stroobandt (pictured left). Stay tuned!

Photo (c) John Mitzewich


June 20, 2009 at 1:57 pm
(1) kevin says:

Are you sure he was none the worse for wear? I would have expected an epic bout of Aspen’s Revenge.

June 20, 2009 at 2:00 pm
(2) Jon Gales says:

That must have been one hell of a shot! At least it wasn’t toasted sesame oil, that would have stayed around the rest of the day (and looked a whole lot more like whiskey).

June 21, 2009 at 4:11 pm
(3) LA says:

My first visit to your blog. A great story! One worth repeating!! I’ll look around and see if I can find some good recipes. Thanks for a good laugh!

June 26, 2009 at 8:25 pm
(4) Ed J. Higgins says:

I love your blog and your recipes, keep up the great work or should that be pleasure. If are anything like me cooking is a pleasure for sure. One question is how often does this event take place, and is it always in the same place? Ok that was two questions.
Ed J. Higgins

June 26, 2009 at 8:48 pm
(5) americanfood says:

Yes, it’s in Aspen every year at the same time. You can use the link in the story to check out their website. Thanks!!

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