Mark was asked to be on a chef competition show. He was a bit wary as Top Chef Masters was NOT his favorite experience, but his manager ( me) said he should do it. It’s “Knifefight” on Esquire channel. Use to be G4 channel and before that I am sure it was two other channels before that. He had been a judge on an episode on the last season with Exec. Producer Drew Barrymore next to him and had a good time. (“She took my card!” Um she is never going to call you dude. She didn’t)
“Knife Fight” is more irreverent than Top Chef with it’s super serious, jib shots of chefs waiting to be judged with the dum, dum, dum music and the “Go pack your knifes” blow off. It’s demoralizing.
The producer of “Knife Fight” asked who Mark wanted to compete against and we both said, “Sal Marino”. He is our friend and a great chef, unsung really. Owns Il Grano. They would have fun. It’s shot at Gorbals where the chef/owner/ Ilan Hall is the host. He is a nice guy. Also, it’s a shorter shoot than Top Chef which drags on and on with them plying the chefs with cheap booze in the hopes of some “Big Brother” meltdown and for no pay. All unscripted exploits the hell out of people in general.
So, I trucked down to watch the shoot and then ended up being part of it. That is if they show my back shucking peas. It was fun to see both Sal and Mark cook. They had one hour to cook with the surprise ingredients. Great to see them both in action. I can’t say what they made ( or Drew Barrymore will come and beat me) and I didn’t get it to eat it, but it looked fab.
Maja, Sal’s wife, was also there. She is my friend so it was a fun outing.
The chefs had known each other before, but we all became good friends when our daughters were going to pre school and they became friends.
As the shooting went on they were placing Maja and I for reaction shots. So when it finally airs, think May, you might see my “wife” visage. In the meantime, it inspired Mark and Sal to finally cook together for real. This weekend and next Mark is going to jam with him at Sal’s restaurant. A special menu they collaborated on. It’s going to be good. I will play the wife and eater. MORE INFO HERE