No sooner had I gotten my breaking news posted about the Top Chef roadshow coming to Seattle, than apparent Top Chef fanatic Zibby popped up to remind me about one of the great, all-time Top Chef crazies: Marcel Vigneron (pictured right there in all his creepy, coiffed glory).
I am going to see those eyes in my nightmares...
All they really need, if we're really talking crazy here, is Marcel and his hair.
Simple, direct, to the point. And, of course, completely correct. I would totally go and kill an afternoon waiting to get inside the Top Chef Mobil Command Center if Bravo could promise me that Marcel (and Marcel alone) would be the one cooking for me--making cheese noodles, compressed fish, and foams out of teddy bear fluff. Marcel (the first of the chef-testants to bring molecular gastronomy to the bewildered masses way back in season 2) was actually the reason I got into watching Top Chef in the first place. I saw him on TV for about thirty seconds while at my brother-in-law's house back in Philadelphia, was curious enough to ask Steve what he was watching, and then ended up sitting through four or five old episodes off his Tivo, watched back to back to back.
Sadly, though, I don't think Marcel is going to be tagging along on this year's Top Chef tour, either. Much as it might disappoint Zibby (and me, now that I think about it), Eater LA reported yesterday that Marcel has some other plans in the offing.
Apparently, Marcel has not only picked up a new chef's gig as the big dog at the Beverly Hilton Hotel's Bar210 and Push, but he's also got a new food reality show in the works called Marcel's Quantum Kitchen. And because this is Marcel we're talking about, the new show is scheduled to be on...the SyFy channel, of course.
Weird? Absolutely. But if there was ever going to be a cooking show that appealed to the kind of straight-up geeks who made a hit out of a movie like Syfy's Dinoshark (the story of what happens when the unborn egg of a Dinoshark that has been frozen in a glacier for millions of years is suddenly released by global warming), it's going to be a cooking show starring Marcel Vigneron which shows him creating avant garde cuisine for a goth fashion show and a Renaissance Faire-themed graduation party.
Yeah, I can tell what you're thinking: Totally effing awesome, right?
And even though it likely means missing him on the Top Chef tour, I think Zibby and me would absolutely agree.