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"My good friend Gerry Dawes, the unbridled Spanish food and wine enthusiast cum expert whose writing, photography, and countless crisscrossings of the peninsula have done the most to introduce Americans—and especially American food professionals—to my country's culinary life." -- Chef-restaurateur-humanitarian José Andrés of José Andrés ThinkFoodGroup, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Oscar Presenter 2019

"Trust me everyone, I have traveled with this man, if Gerry Dawes tells you to eat somewhere it's like Bourdain, believe it!!" - - Chef Mark Kiffin, The Compound Restaurant, Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“Spain wouldn’t be as known to Americans without the stories Gerry tells and writes.” - - Superstar Catalan Chef Ferran Adrià, elBulli

"But, for Gerry, Spain is more than just the Adriàs and (Juan Mari and Elena) Arzaks. He has connected with all manner of people working at every level and in every corner of Spain. I’m always amazed at this reach. You can step into a restaurant in the smallest town in Spain, and it turns out they know Gerry somehow. I remember one rainy night in Madrid during the 2003 Madrid Fusión congress. I wanted to go to my favorite place for patatas bravas, the ultimate tapa. But Gerry had another place in mind, and I didn’t know about it. But Gerry is always right. The potatoes at his place were amazing.” - - Chef-restaurateur-humanitarian José Andrés, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Oscar Presenter 2019; Chef-partner of Mercado Little Spain at Hudson Yards, New York 2019


Food Arts Silver Spoon Award to Gerry Dawes


 Premio Nacional de Gastronomía - - James Beard Foundation Nomination (Best Wine Writing)
Premio Periodistíco Cava

Gerry Dawes's Article Medieval Riches of El Cid's City (About Burgos, Spain)
Front Page, The New York Times Sunday Travel Section

 About Blog Author Gerry Dawes, Premio Nacional de Gastronomía (National Gastronomy Award)


12/07/2011

"(Robert M.) Parker is God’s fool for associating with and trusting in some of the people that he has over the years." - Poster Bill Klapp on Mike Steinberger's Wine Diarist



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"That, too, is now a dead horse in my view, because the Wine Advocate has paid the price, and will continue to pay the price, for its ethical foibles as Bob Parker continues to shoot himself in the foot in a highly public manner, with his weapon of choice being his mouth, and his ammunition being myopia and self-righteousness. When the relevant facts are all out, I am convinced that we will learn that Parker, even more than Miller, has once again been had by a hustler, Pancho Campo. 

Parker is God’s fool for associating with and trusting in some of the people that he has over the years: Rodenstock, Royal Wine’s “sexy boys”, Oliveros and Sokolin, Hanna Agostini and now Campo. Then there are his professional and administrative missteps and shortcomings: the Faiveley lawsuit and the incompetence of his Burgundy work, and the hiring of Rovani, Thomases and Miller. Time and again, I come back to a pithy few sentences from William Langewiesche’s 2000 Atlantic Monthly article, “The Million-Dollar Nose”, which, in what I see as the supreme irony, is an integral part of Parker’s biography on his website: 

“Parker’s…mother, who handles the office mail, has a different approach. She is said to be tough and unimpressed. One afternoon Parker, in a self-pitying mood, mentioned to her that for years he had received only letters of complaint. She fixed him with a stare and said, “That’s because they’re the only ones I’ve let you see.” Her instincts were probably good. Parker seems to have trouble distinguishing friends from sycophants, and he sets too much store by the compliments he receives.”-- Poster Bill Klapp Dec. 7, 2011 on Mike Steinberger's The Wine Diarist (click on this link to read the rest of Klapp's excellent response to a post by David Schildknecht of The Wine Advocate).

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