Late Monday, the Buffalo News clumsily excised any mention of Iron Chef from Okun’s review of Valenti’s. The bit about the parsnips is still there, alone and unexplained.
The reason given?
I can only imagine the “two sources” were Mr. and Mrs. Valenti. It’s just a red sauce joint. Hell, the food might even be good. Why be a clown and make up crazy stuff that can be easily disproven?
You can add to the above list the fact that The Culinary Institute of America has no record of this person graduating from, or even attending, the college.
The Culinary Institute of America
Hyde Park, NY
UPDATE 2: The Buffalo News has scrubbed any mention of parsnips, as if nothing ever happened. That’s great editing! BTW, I did call and speak with Mr. Levine on the phone to verify that he was, in fact, who he says he is, and that he was authorized to provide the above-quoted information on the CIA’s behalf.