Glutton for Punishment

A State of the Nation Blog

What a wild ride this summer has been. It all started with a three-day, cook-and-run flyer to Slovakia where I prepared a surreal meal for 300. Then, along with the Glutton crew, I traveled to Jacksonville, TX, Granby, QC, Toronto, Walla Walla, WA, Yuma, AZ and Taipei, Taiwan. In each location, I attempted to break or establish a Guinness World Record. I chopped salsa, stretched pizzas, peeled onions, tossed Caesar salads, cracked eggs, and picked up individual grains of rice with chopsticks until my fingers bled. If you count my pancake record from ’08, that makes 7 Guinness world record attempts. You can see the agony and the ecstasy of all of these attempts when the “record breaking edition” of Glutton debuts in early 2011 on Food Network Canada (and in other territories shortly thereafter).

The Taipei episode was the 58th and final challenge of Glutton (I know i said that last year, but this time i really mean it—don’t make me go back into the water). We are capping it all off with a behind-the-scenes episode. But there are no goodbyes. While in Taipei, I shot some scenes for the pilot of a new show. I’m sworn to secrecy, but suffice to say, this one will be more Ripley’s Believe it or Not, than Guinness World Records.

There’s no rest for the wicked. In early October I’m hitting the road to pimp my new book Glutton for Pleasure: signature recipes, epic stories, and surreal etiquette. It’s a book that started as a humble best-of compilation of my first four books, then took on a life of it’s own. The result is 275 pages that represent the best of everything I have done in the 18 years (yikes!) since the beginning of my accidental career.
I’m kicking the book tour off in Toronto on Oct 3 with a surreal meal at Charlie’s Burgers (a stealth restaurant with no fixed address except www.charliesburgers.ca). From there, I’ll be doing events across Canada and the U.S. if I am in your hood please come say hello. And if you have any ideas for an out-of-the-box event, don’t hesitate to write me. Just don’t mistake me for Andrew Zimmerman as they did the last time I was in the Philippines where they ambushed me on stage with Balut (a local delicacy that’s a partially formed duck embryo boiled in the shell)…how could I say no to the nice people of Manila?!.
I hope your summer has been a little more restful.

Best dishes,
bob

Guinness World Record Attempt

Attempting to break another Guinness World Record—one grain of rice at a time. Make sure to catch all the action on the next season of “Glutton for Punishment.”