Over the weekend, the first annual Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival was held, and tickets to the picturesque seaside shindig were fetching up to $5K. Along with mega-name attendees like Thomas Keller, Tom Colicchio, Ming Tsai, Elizabeth Falkner, Gary Danko, Hubert Keller, Charles Phan, and Jacques Pepin (to name just a few), Eater LA was on hand for some first-hand accounts—including some candid shots of Father Keller (pictured, right). Please do head down to Eater LA for a full recap later today (complete with all your favorite Top Cheffers), but until then, kindly note that the place to be was the wine room, Iron Chef Morimoto is a master on the golf course and Big TK couldn't get a table at his own event. For now, we just have to point out the Chronicle's clever juxtaposition of quotes from the super chefs and their (rich) super
Super Chefs: "[Thomas] Keller took all the attention in stride, but acknowledged that 'the groupie fan thing is sort of absurd.'"
Super Fans: "'I just want to shake your hand,' said 20-year-old Joshua Berman [to Keller], a Providence, R.I., culinary school student who traveled across the country to volunteer at the event and be in the shadow of his heroes."
Super Chefs: As far as people's obsession with him, 'This is a very cliquish kind of thing,' [Jacques Pepin] said. 'We all live in many worlds. This one happens to know me.'"
Super Fans: "[Pepin's] humbleness nearly made Lee Ann Kelley swoon. 'I love him,' said the 40-year-old Carmel resident as she tried to negotiate through the crush of people."
So, we know celebrity chefs are the new rock stars; are yuppies are their new groupies?
· Pebble Beach Food & Wine Fest: Day One [Eater LA]
· Pebble Beach F&W Fest: The Wine Room [Eater LA]
· For $4,750, foodies eat up the chance to see famous chefs in person [Chron]