David Chang is awesome. Let’s get that out of the way first. As a chef, he is responsible for Momofuku, which is revered in foodie circles as one of the more creative and top-notch restaurants around. As a frequent guest on Anthony Bourdain’s Travel Channel show “No Reservations,” he is engaging and funny, and more than holds his own with Bourdain. And he also participated in this GQ story where he, Aziz Ansari, and James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem went to Japan and gorged themselves on fine food, drink, and conversation. Basically, he spends his life eating and drinking like a king, and hanging out with people many of us willingly pay money and stand in line just to be in a room with. I would trade lives with him so fast it would make all of your butts fall off.
As if all that wasn’t enough, earlier this week he appeared on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” to talk about bourbon, the brownest of the brown liquors. I love bourbon. As I type this I’m sitting less than five feet from bottles of Bulleit and Van Winkle Special Reserve, so this clip is so far up my alley it might as well come with a free autographed copy of The Sandlot. In it, Chang discusses his favorite bourbons, how to drink them, what some of them should be paired with, and whatever else comes to his mind. (On Elijah Craig: “Usually I’m double-fisting this and an American beer. I love American beer. All the beers Europeans make fun of — I think are delicious. We should be very proud of our crappy beer. It’s like water and you can drink a lot of it.”) Also, he drinks a sh-tload of booze and tells people not to drink Jim Beam with Coke, which is an important public service announcement. In that way, he’s kind of a hero.
Long story short: David Chang = Awesome. Bourbon = Also awesome. Me = Jealous.
via SFGate (thanks for the tip, Matt)