Sunday, July 26, 2009

Grub Street Contest

Grub Street, the foodie blog of New York magazine, is giving away tickets to a special screening of Julie & Julia. The tickets will go to the person who submits the best casting choices for a roster of New York chefs and food personalities. Here are my choices...

Dan Barber = John HannahJohn Hannah, an established character actor, has the intelligence and unique countenance.

Mario Batali = Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman has proved time and again that he can pull off any character--Batali isn't much of a stretch physically.

Anthony Bourdain = Matt King (aka 'Super Hans')At first I considered a sped-up Jeff Goldblum for the role of Anthony Bourdain but ultimately I felt that Matt King, who plays the ideological stoner Super Hans on the British sitcom "Peep Show," best matched Bourdain's feral demeanor.

Tom Colicchio = Evan Handler
Harry Goldenblatt from "Sex and the City" matches Colicchio's cue ball, plus he can scowl with the best of 'em.

Padma Lakshmi = herself
Because I don't think that Padma would allow it to be any other way.

Wylie Dufresne = Anthony Edwards
Anthony Edwards has played a number of nerdy heroes throughout his career, making him well-equipped to take on the bespectacled champion of molecular gastronomy.

Lidia Bastianich = John TravoltaWith Hairspray, John Travolta proved that he is great in drag.

Rachel Ray = Brittany Murphy
Brittany Murphy has the bubbly, off-kilter thing down and, as she did in "Drop Dead Gorgeous," she would be able to inject a little irony into the role.

Danny Meyer = George Clooney
I went a little Hollywood with this one, choosing Clooney for his suavity and his ability to pull off Meyer's ringleader quality (as he did playing another Danny--Danny Ocean in the Ocean's franchise).

Eric Ripert = Joaquin PhoenixJoaquin Phoenix has the right ethereal air to play the French master of seafood.

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