Better than a Winston CVap oven and a set of Misono knives; comic books and graphic novels are shaping up as the hot chef accessory of the season.
Martha Stewart’s got one. So does, Anthony Bourdain, Iron Chef Chris Cosentino, and the cooking staff of Food & Wine magazine’s test kitchen.
It seems that many of today’s (young, male) chefs have an affection for comic books, and it’s reciprocated by the (young, male) publishing staff at places like Marvel Comics, which is stocked with Food Network fans and has its own in-house dining club (F.O.O.M.- Foodies of ‘Ol Marvel), food blogger (Eataku), and cookware line available exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.
A woman with an iron will trumps a man of steel every time. Martha Stewart (left) can pluck a chicken, string a garland of 10,000 cranberries, and turn a hollowed zucchini and some old bottle corks into a candelabra—super powers indeed. Female Force: Martha Stewart treats Stewart as an empire builder who clawed her way to global domination fueled by hard work, ego, and ambition.
The hero of Get Jiro! (right) is a renegade bad-ass sushi chef from a Los Angeles of the not-too-distant future. He’s also a stand-in for the author, the renegade bad-ass Anthony Bourdain. Jiro is caught between warring culinary factions (modern fusion versus macrobiotic vegetarians) in a world where a diner will kill (literally) for a seat at a well-reviewed restaurant, and poor etiquette is grounds for a sushi bar decapitation.
Chris Cosentino (left) is known for no-holds-barred meat cookery that utilizes every bit from snout to tail. But he draws the line in an upcoming Marvel comic where he will appear as an offal-centric chef who helps Wolverine hunt down a mutant who butchers humans.
At the start of Spider-Man: A Meal To Die For (near left), the superhero’s alter-ego, Peter Parker, has a dinner date at Top Chef Eli Kirshtein’s restaurant. They end up pooling their superpowers—webs and knife skills — to battle the villainous Mysterio.
When Food & Wine magazine staffers (right) stumble onto a recipe for immortality in the form of a quinoa power bar, the test kitchen cooks team up the a pair of editors to protect the recipe from forces of evil. Let’s just say the Green Lantern doesn’t have anything to worry about.
It’s said that we turned chefs into the rock stars of our times. Maybe we should correct that to superheroes.