(Disclosure: Jeff is an old friend of mine from my 1990s NC newspapering days.)
For a shorter sample of Jeff's fine work see his NYTimes profile of super celeb chef Rocco DiSpirito. BU students preparing to write profiles take note!
For the knife-sharpening snark squadrons of Gawker.com and a segment of the gastronomic elite, he has come to embody the Faustian bargain of celebrity in the restaurant business. He is portrayed, and often satirized, as a supernaturally talented chef who squandered his gifts in the scattershot pursuit of fame, fortune and pink ruffled shirts.
“He’s almost gotten to the point where people in the food world feel sorry for him and want him back,” said Michael Ruhlman, a cookbook author who has written for The New York Times. “He’s this really brilliant guy, foodwise, who’s forsaken everything that he’s good at for something that he’s not good at. And that makes me really sad.”