The other day, a new sub shop opened in my town. Because we are always dying for something new to eat at lunch, some colleagues and I decided to give it a shot. While we were waiting in the ridiculously long line, we started discussing dishes at restaurants that are named after celebrities.
One famous place that does this is Pink’s, a hot dog stand in Los Angeles. You can order the Martha Stewart, which comes with onions, bacon, sour cream, sauerkraut, relish and tomatoes, or the Rosie O’Donnell, with onions, chili, mustard and sauerkraut. I don’t know if they created these hot dog combinations on their own, or if Pink’s decided they sounded good and kindly named them after the celebrity. I don’t instantly think of Rosie O’Donnell when I hear the word “chili,” but there must be some reason why her dog’s the way it is.
I think it’d be pretty flattering to have a dish named after you, whether it’s your favorite item on a menu or a meal you created yourself. They won’t put your name on it if they think it won’t sell, so you’d know you were the big time. What wouldn’t be so awesome is if the entree was gross, or something totally generic (like throwing peppers – something “fiery” – for a personality like Sofia Vergara); you definitely need to get creative and think outside the box.
We never came up with any combinations ourselves that we thought would fit celebrities, because it was finally our turn to order and our thoughts turned elsewhere once we sat down to eat. But I remembered our conversation, and thought it would be fun to ask Persephoneers: if you were a chef tasked with creating a dish that fit a celebrity, who would you pick, and what would the meal be?