Eater of the Year Update
The Eater of the Year award has already logged nearly 300 votes and, as usual, endless simmer has set the Interwebs afire.
So far, ya’ll still have a lamb-boner for Mr. Bourdain, who is semi-running away with this thing. Midseason Replacements offers a thorough analysis of the race, and explains why you all are so enamored with Bourdain.
If anyone can catch Tony, it looks like it’s gonna be the giant slayer himself, Joey Chestnut. New York Magazine wonders how you guys could consider anybody but Chestnut, but over at fEATs, some are claiming he isn’t even the best competitive eater of the year.
Not surprisingly, the most controversy came from our inclusion of Pretty Padma (Ms. Lakshmi if you nasty). Fishbowl LA says she’s more like “Eaten of the Year,” which sounds dirty but I don’t think I quite get it – anyone? But perhaps my favorite comment was back over at MSR, where May says “Padma Lakshmi sounds like something Rachel Ray would serve on a garden herb triscut.”
Al Gore chimed in saying “even though I fear my words cannot match this moment, I pray what I am feeling in my heart will be communicated clearly enough that those who hear me will say, ‘we must act.”
Honestly, I think that sounds a little optimistic for a guy stuck at seven percent, but thanks for the love, A.G.
The Locavores, meanwhile, took to paraphrasing John Lennon, and are just happy to be more popular than Chocolate Jesus.
Voting continues into next week, and anything can happen. For the full explanation of the nominees, check out the original post – and if you haven’t voted, cast away below.