I’ve never made risotto. I’ve never even eaten risotto. But I know what risotto is supposed to look like. Why? Because seemingly on every season of every cooking competition show, someone screws up risotto. At this point I have to ask, what’s the deal with risotto? Or more specifically, why do none of these chefs know how to make it correctly? Do none of these chefs watch the show they’re planning to compete on? Anyone who has watched a single season of TOP CHEF knows risotto is supposed to spread out when you put it on the plate. Yet there’s always someone who gets it wrong.
The latest risotto reject was crafted by FOOD NETWORK STAR contestant Jyll Evermann of Glendora, California. According to her FoodNetwork.com bio, Jyll “attended the Epicurean School of Culinary Arts and has worked in several high-end restaurants”. Apparently, nowhere throughout that schooling or her experience working in high-end restaurants was she taught how to correctly make risotto. And now she teaches classes to others trying to achieve their culinary dreams. So her horrible risotto technique has most likely extended out through society in the manner an actual risotto would spread out across a diner’s plate.
I’m hopeful the sheer embarrassment Jyll was forced to endure on this week’s episode of Food Network Star will finally lead all cooking reality show contestants to learn how to make risotto. Upon being served Evermann’s dry risotto, Wolfgang Puck actually got up, brought the contestant back into the kitchen, and taught her what risotto is supposed to look like. The scene was truly cringe-worthy and later drove Jyll to tears. So future Top Chef and Food Network Star contestants, do you want Wolfgang Puck to make you cry? No? Then please learn how to correctly make risotto before going on the show. I’m tired of watching these spectacular failures.
Also, you might want to have a dessert recipe or two at the ready… but that’s another rant for another time.