Successful chefs, like successful politicians, generally possess healthy egos. Nothing wrong with that.
But is there a chef with a more monumental, Rudd-like self-regard than Sydney’s Mark Best? The latest edition of the otherwise brilliant Fool magazine asked 100 chefs and food writers to name “the world’s most underrated chef.”
No points for guessing Best’s answer:
Best is not a horrible chef but the Pricks have never understood the hype around his semi-eponymous Marque; our sole visit a few years back was fiddly and unsatisfying and suggested that despite his self-regard (“our nations [sic] most relentlessly progressive restaurant”, he touts on his website) the man has a lot to learn about the “hospitality” side of the hospitality business. A bit of humility wouldn’t go astray, either.