If you happen to take a look at this week's issue of The New Yorker, you'll find a rather lengthy of profile of chef Craig Thornton and his underground dining experience Wolvesmouth, written by Dana Goodyear, the L.A.-based New Yorker staffer who also penned award-winning profiles of James Cameron and food critic Jonathan Gold. In my opinion, it's a spectacular piece, and a must-read for anyone even remotely interested in the city's shifting haute-dining scene -- but then again, I'm probably a little biased.
|Veggie Course at Wolvesmouth|
In my free time spent away from the Weekly, I work as a part-time member of the Wolvesmouth crew (I've done so for about a year) mostly trying to do whatever grunt tasks are needed and staying out of the way of more intricate kitchen work. It's been an indescribably revelatory experience to say the least, and I like to think my knife skills have improved to the point when quickly brunoise-ing celery root into tiny cubes won't risk me losing a thumb.
Around six months ago, Dana Goodyear began to shadow Craig on a near-daily basis, with plans to write a piece on underground chefs in Los Angeles. Goodyear quickly fell down the rabbit hole of Thornton's life, though, and what was planned to be a rather short piece unfolded into one of the longest profiles she has ever written for the New Yorker. She delved into Thorton's personal life in ways no one had before; nothing seemed off limits. More »