And a few long shots (really
long)*: Eric Ripert
will give up his chef’s whites for a career in movies (Julian Schnabel
has already cast him in an as-yet-unnamed film loosely based on a hazy afternoon Schnabel spent having Camparis by the Bay of Biscay); Mattel will issue a Tony Bourdain
action figure; and the local, seasonal, “taste the terroir” craze
will reach a new level as chefs begin to sprinkle plates with tiny amounts of the dirt in which the vegetables they’re serving were grown.
*This last set of predictions is somewhat less than serious though we place none of them outside the realm of possibilities.