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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:53 PM

Chefs confess to turkey-free Thanksgivings

Some, like Le Berndardin's Eric Ripert, opt out because they think the taste of the giant fowl is, well, foul. Others, like Susan Feniger, prefer a vegetarian feast for both ethical and logistical reasons.

Feniger, a “Top Chef Masters” competitor and owner of Street in Los Angeles, has prepared a vegetarian feast for friends and family – around 30 of them, in fact – for the past four years. “I don't think one person misses the turkey,” she said. “Thanksgiving really is all about the sides, and I kind of go overboard. We do some traditional dishes, like mashed potatoes with butter and sour cream, and then some fun stuff like yams with ginger lime and honey.”
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Chef Bill Telepan, who owns an eponymous restaurant in New York, agrees with Feniger in her statement that fixin's are the best part of the holiday meal. When it comes to the protein, Telepan prefers to go with game meat like venison that's indicative of the autumn season.
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David LeFevre of James Beard Award-nominated MB Post will be hosting an-ever-so-SoCal seafood boil at his home in Manhattan Beach, replete with lobster, king crabs, and killer wine. The spread will be served on a table covered with newspaper overlooking the Pacific. “It should be 72 degrees and clear skies,” he said. “I'm really looking forward to spending more time with the family and watching some football.”

http://holidayblog.today.com/_news/2012/11/22/15341362-chefs-confess-to-turkey-free-thanksgivings

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:07 PM

1. These chef probably do not know how to cook a proper turkey

They probably overcook it leaving the Turkey dry.


Game meat, is mostly dark meat. Easier too cook without messing it up.


We had an outstanding Turkey this year. I may go back for some more tonight.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:12 PM

2. No turkey for me, I'm a vegetarian. nt

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:35 PM

3. Probably they just don't want to spend the time and effort

 

to do it right.

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Response to 4th law of robotics (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:20 PM

4. Nah. Just bored and so superior to the hoi polloi.

They find tradition to be so limiting to their awesome awesomeness. If they mess with turkey, they're met with resistance. If they abide by tradition, they're, well, traditional. Which is far worse than being dead.

They go with game meat because it's more representative of autumn?

Fall turkey hunts are common. There are some in the spring, but usually toms only, and they're often more restricted.

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