"The World's Fakest Chef"? Adrianne Calvo and I Hash It Out

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​By "hashing it out," I don't mean to imply that Adrianne Calvo and I got together, smoked hash, and sang Kumbaya with our mouths filled with chocolate chip cookies -- although now that I think of it, that would have made a much more interesting post. Rather I had hurled the charge of fakeism at Ms. Calvo, chef/owner of Chef Adrianne's Vineyard & Wine Bar in a blog back in October, and she responded via email late last week. I present her letter below, followed by my response.
Mr. Klein,

Why do you call me the "World's Fakest Chef"? I work so hard every day. I don't understand. I graduated top of my class, I opened my restaurant with my own sweat and tears and it is me that works the stove every night. Please, I invite you to please come here and see what I do. I've been open four years now, and we've come a long way. Why would you write something so mean? I really do hope that no one trashes your efforts and your career for no reason. I am sad that you use your power in the media to harm others.

Adrianne

Adrianne,

First, let me acknowledge that even in my mixed review of your restaurant in 2007, I noted your "extraordinary ambition and admirable accomplishments". Plus I am aware that you do charity work for St. Jude's Children's Hospital. I don't doubt that you are a decent person and work hard at your place of business, and understand why you'd be upset with my writing what I did. Not only was it not very nice of me, but as you have indeed been cooking at your own restaurant for four years, the charge of "world's fakest chef" is obviously a gross exaggeration. If you were to look over my writing through the years, you would see that I rarely throw mocking words like that about.

So why did I do so this time? ;As a counter to the way you grossly exaggerate yourself on your website: "One of the most accomplished, respected, and charismatic chefs in the world." I understand that you know you're not the world's best chef, and that these words are just a way of selling yourself and your multiple cookbooks and products. But that is a really outrageously arrogant claim, and one that you've had on your website for years -- before you had even worked full time in a professional kitchen. Even today, your site is filled with photos of you at events, and things to buy, but precious little in the way of photos of your dishes or writing about food.

You've made it far by knowing how to package and market yourself. Good for you. But hype, like everything else, can be taken too far. And should you continue to go through life self-promoting yourself in this boastful manner, I probably won't be the last person to call you out on it. Self-glorification, especially when unwarranted, is one of those traits that people like to take aim at.

That said, because we've aired this out now, I give you my word that I won't pick on you in print again. In fact, I've got the hash and cookies all ready...

Lee

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Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar

11510 SW 147th Ave., Kendall, FL

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12 comments
GenXgypsy
GenXgypsy

First of all. I'm pretty sure you have never worked in a professional kitchen before in your life. Wouldn't surprise me if you have never held a real job. Pretty easy to sit back in your easy chair and be a half ass critic like yourself. That's one of the easiest things in the world to do. Not a very honorable profession by the way. I remember listening to an up and coming legend on the radio one night. On his first album, before he had even sold one copy, he was boasting about going platinum. Guess what? He did ASSHOLE! So what's next? Are you going to tell us that Kid Rock is the worlds fakest rock star? Wouldn't surprise me either if you are being paid by a jealous competitor to write your trash. That sounds about your speed. Or maybe it's just you. What are you jealous she sells more cookbooks than you? Who gives a shit? Do your pathetic job and tell us about the food and the service at her restaurant. Not how she portrays herself on her website.

Jpine1123Foodbuff
Jpine1123Foodbuff

And boasting or not her food and ambiance of her restaurant is what keeps it at full capacity! I'm done now just in shock to see such ignorance

Jpine1123Foodbuff
Jpine1123Foodbuff

She is awesome and so is her food, you label her worlds fakest chef, yet you have nothing to say about her food or restaurant being bad.......sounds like a hater! Keep succeeding mrs. Calvo

chalupa!!
chalupa!!

If she's not up for the hash and cookies pick me! pick me! ooh! ooh!!!

Nino224
Nino224

I think her boasting has less to do with arrogance than it does with limited erudition.

Foodie
Foodie

The constructive criticism I think you tried to give her went a little too far and harsh and I would be upset if someone called me out in the press too. I think the way she handled herself was admirable; she didn't name call or snap at you. Can't we all get along?

Cannabis
Cannabis

Well said Lee, I totally agree with you!There are too many people using PR to promote themselves as great chef's when in fact they have very little experience.I do give props to Adrienne for operating her restaurant for 4 years, but that does not make you "one of the 50 best chef's in the world".

Yaya23
Yaya23

Why is it your place to put her "in her place?" Whether or not she expounds on her achievements or not, you felt the need to bring her down in the press? Says more about you then it does her.

Dubious
Dubious

HAHAHAHAHA, Thanks Lee thats been my input on that girl that calls herself "Chef" for a looooong time.

Remember Lee her website also says that she is one of the 50 best chefs in the world. HAHAHAHA

Miami needs a real Chef that can put a destination restaurant around Kendall, Pine Crest, Redland somewhere around there and that is NOT Adrienne.

TP
TP

Besides being a fake chef, she is a terrible writer. Sheesh.

Elizabeth Figueredo
Elizabeth Figueredo

He's a critic, it's kind of the point him writing in the first place. As the name of her business and brand, she's putting herself in a position to be faced with harsh criticisms, it comes with the title she's chosen for herself. Also, I believe Mr. Klein made it quite evident that he isn't down playing the work she's put into her restaurant and career and she has quite a lot to be proud of & that he isn't against her personally, and open to sitting down with her personally. So, in a way I suppose it does say more about him than her, but I don't think that's something he should take shame in.

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