Will less well-known cooks actually be the ones who change the food world as we know it? Michel thinks so as he pays tribute to those who deal with the everyday reality of our current food system in his Atlantic.com column.
The Unsung Heroes Who Will Feed Our Children
“…A few weeks ago, under the leadership of the First Lady, Sam and his capable White House kitchen staff worked intensely to host more than 800 chefs at the White House to rally over what has become one of this decade’s hottest subjects—school food. It was quite a sight: white coats spread across the South Lawn at the White House in such numbers that they couldn’t fit into one photograph.
I was one of those chefs, and I have to say that, other than wondering who the heck was cooking for the rest of America that night, I was floored to see so many chefs in one place and at one time. And not just so many chefs, but so many chefs from so many different segments of American food service. It’s pretty common to see such high-profile events attract big names from the exclusive group of America’s “top chefs.” Many of these culinary powerhouses were certainly there. But to literally see a handful of food celebrities dwarfed in number by hundreds of chefs of much humbler status was a pretty powerful thing to behold…”