The “Hi-Hat Tones” Of Fennel And Pine Nuts

“Never trust a man with a wispy ponytail.” 

This time-tested adage will, no doubt, result in some missed opportunities for you if you follow it. You’ll miss out on a lot of good frisbee golf teammates, you’ll probably never have a regular weed hookup, and living west of the Mississippi river will be a treacherous endeavor to say the least.

However, if you had known about this rule of thumb back before the 2010s, you could have saved yourself the heartache of being involved in a $5M settlement paid out to waiters and servers of Batali’s NYC-area restaurants for allegedly withholding a substantial amount of employees’ tips. Of course, you may have decided to not work there all on your own once you found out that chefs in Batali’s employ apparently earned a measly wage of $12.50 per hour. Batali, who owns more than a dozen restaurants across the US, has been awarded a Michelin star, and has starred in shows such as Molto Mario, Iron Chef America, and The Chew.

As of December 2015, the living wage for New York state households with one adult and one child was more than $23.50.

At any rate, it’s no surprise that the chef who seemed the least likable among Iron Chef America’s all-star cast of aloof culinary weirdos would be on YouTube cooking up pine nuts on request. What is surprising, however, is that anybody would be tuning in at all.