Oh come now. CJ’s broccolini.
So it was overcooked.
Could it really have been THAT BAD?
“Worst dish we’ve had in three years of this show!” said Chef Tom.
But it’s broccolini. Did he deep-fry it in oyster sauce and vinegar? Did he marinate it in bonnyclabber and pair it with dura? Did Andrew Zimmern run screaming from the set? Did someone expire after eating it?
My wife insightfully notes that Colicchio is meaner when Anthony Bourdain is present, egging him on with comments about “dog food”, like a middle school machismo contest.
Postscript, from Colicchio’s blog
I’m actually baffled as to how CJ achieved this with such innocuous ingredients. My wife was mystified at my reaction: ‘So he overcooked it,’ she kept saying, ‘Big deal.’ My only answer is that it had to be experienced to be understood; The oven’s dry heat somehow turned the blanched broccolini into musty, desiccated swamp vegetables punctuated by a bracing, medicinal slap of warm mint.
Okay, that does sound nasty.