Young and Hungry

Real José Andrés More Animated Than Simpsons Parody

Winning the James Beard Award as the nation's most outstanding chef might be the food world's highest honor. But, in terms of pop cultural significance, there may be no greater sign of accomplishment than having your likeness mocked on The Simpsons. Last night's cameo by D.C.'s own José Andrés now firmly establishes his place in the American zeitgeist. Eater has the video. Credit Simpsons creator Matt Groening and company for nailing certain characteristics of the Think Food Group mogul. The bushy eyebrows, for one, are spot on. But, in some ways, the cartoon homage is a big let down.

For one thing, the character seems far more subdued than the kooky, wild-eyed power drill-wielding cook we saw on Conan recently. The satire here, involving a deconstructed Caesar salad of foams, gels and airs, is more a riff on molecular gastronomy in general than a send-up of Andrés' over-the-top personality. Maybe next time the producers will call up the real Andrés instead of some sober voice-over stand in.

  • Gooniegoogoo

    ONe of the funniest SIMPSONS episodes in years.....from the opening satire of the E3 expo to the foodies and meth lab....hilarious

  • Dayna

    Haha this is funny I just ate at one of his resturants in DC, Oyamel. I ordered a drink that had air salt foam on the margarita, pretty interesting..The Simpsons really pulled it off :D

  • snufkin

    I thought the chef was a send-up of Ferran Adria. Because of the whole El Chemistri/El Bulli thing.

...