Over the weekend, Donald Trump ditched his press pool to order a steak and cover it in ketchup. Well, ‘catsup’ according to the restaurant’s waiter who must have come here from a time machine from 1815 just to get a job at Chef David Burke’s BLT Prime restaurant in Trump’s DC hotel.
It’s well known that Donald Trump likes his steaks well-done — a major faux-pax in the food world. Mostly because ordering a steak well-done means you either a) don’t like to taste things or b) don’t trust the chef to cook something that isn’t going to make you sick. And we all know that Trump has a lot of phobias, especially about food and germs because we elected a fraidy cat to lead our military.
Well if there was one thing to put on a burnt piece of beef, it’d probably be ketchup. So there’s that, we suppose.
Journalist Benny Johnson craftily got himself a seat at the table next to Trump’s and watched him wine and dine Brexit-leader Nigel Farage. Johnson made sure to ask a waiter what Trump ordered and got an answer that would provide plenty of fodder for the rest of the world to poke some fun at POTUS. “The President ordered a well-done steak. An aged New York strip. He ate it with catsup as he always does.” As he always does indeed.
So many questions. Does Trump actually order it with ketchup by still using the throwback term ‘catsup’? Does Chef David Burke insist his staff use the term ‘catsup’ instead of ketchup to sound more like… what era are they going for? Antebellum?Do they realize that catsup is the just an in-between pronunciation and spelling of the Snio-Malay word keotsiap while we were trying to anglicize the word and nothing more?
We are proponents here of you having it your way. But over-cooking a steak like that is just a waste of perfectly good aging and beef. On top of which (insider chef baseball here) every time someone orders a well-done steak, they always get the shittiest one that the chef doesn’t mind burning because the taste isn’t so essential. That may not happen to Trump, but still.
It’s probably best to laugh situations like this off. Trump did tip all of his Latino servers and bus boys 100-dollar bills after all. Commendable. Either way, Twitter was quick to lap up the story and run with it for comedic effect, faux-outrage, and maybe a little real outrage.