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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 02/ 2/2011

Today in Food: Tim Carman asks Gillian Clark about those videos

By Anne Kenderdine

Chef Gillian Clark talks about cooking and controversy in today's Food section. (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

In today's Food section, Tim Carman gets General Store chef-owner Gillian Clark to open up about why she made those videos parodying her customers and why she is, in co-owner Robin Smith's words, "the chef people love to hate." She talks about racism, her much-publicized interactions with diners, her relationship with Smith and whether there's a sexist double standard when it comes to acceptable behavior for chefs. Carman talks with restaurateurs from many of the places Clark used to work, including Evening Star Cafe and Cashion's Eat Place, and notes her plans for expansion, the Georgia Avenue Meeting House and the Kitchen on K Street.

Tom Sietsema visits Bayou, the former Rookery bar in Foggy Bottom, now turned into an homage to New Orleans with po' boys, cocktails and live jazz. Chef Rusty Holman, formerly of Eatonville, turns out "a satisfying shrimp-packed gumbo." Check the daily chalkboard specials, including half-price wine on Sundays.

For a delicious house-made quiche and a full English breakfast in Alexandria, stop into Extra Perks. You'll find coffee from Chesapeake Bay Roasting Co., Cadbury chocolate bars for sale and a banger crafted by a British butcher at Del Ray's Let's Meat on the Avenue.

Chef-owners Jeff and Barbara Black, who run BlackSalt, Addie's, Black Market Bistro and Black's, talk about how they changed their diet at home and when they dine out after discovering that one of their sons has Type 1 diabetes.

In the wine column, Dave McIntyre explains how to read a wine bottle and analyzes how labeling can sway consumers: "I avoid wines that sound as if they were produced in a conference room rather than a vineyard." See his recommendations for specific wines on the list at Franklin's Restaurant and Brewery, Cork Market, Evening Star Cafe, Proof, Adega, the Italian Store, Pizzeria Orso, Curious Grape, Mark's Duck House, the Melting Pot, Mia's Pizzas and Kora.

By Anne Kenderdine  | February 2, 2011; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Restaurants  
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