Today, John Tesar joins a small but growing contingent of people who are inking book deals and television contracts based on their ability to raise rabble on Twitter. Sure, Tesar has been working in kitchens for decades and is currently operating two wildly successful restaurants, but there's no doubt that his late-night "fuck you," the tweet heard 'round the world, has much to do with Tesar's undeniable rise in the national food media's consciousness.
Catherine Downes Even John wonders if he's really all that controversial.
The show, alliteratively titled Restaurant Revolution, is set to premiere on Esquire TV next month. Tesar, of course, is no stranger to reality TV shows, but this time he won't be fighting it out amongst a group of young chefs. Instead, Tesar will be profiled alongside some of the most respected chefs in the country, including Wolfgang Puck and Tom Colicchio. Unlike Puck and Colicchio, though, it sounds like Tesar's "most controversial chef in the country" status will be up for discussion, at least more prominently than his food.More »