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In today’s Washington Post, Tim Carman details the life and work of chef Gillian Clark, formerly of Colorado Kitchen, currently of General Store, and recently infamous for a collection of YouTube videos that showed off her rough-and-tumble persona with customers.

Some nuggets from Carman’s profile:

  • “…Clark and her four older siblings were not allowed to call anyone ‘stupid’ or tell them to ‘shut up.’ ‘My mother didn’t raise me to be rude, and she’d be horrified at the notion that I was anything but gracious to somebody,’ she tells me.”
  • Says Ann Cashion of Cashion’s Eat Place: “She doesn’t feel any need to sort of disguise how she feels if somebody is being ridiculous. That is sort of how she deals with everybody in the world. … She’s always dishing it out.”
  • “In April 2003, she wrote a long note to The Post‘s Tom Sietsema defending her rule for no-dish substitutions or customizations at Colorado Kitchen. ‘Personally, I prefer the way Herbert von Karajan conducts Beethoven’s Third Symphony,’ she wrote. ‘But I would never ask Zubin Mehta to finish the Adagio with the hesitant 3/8 that Herb finishes with.’
  • [WaPo]

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