Another TV reference for you.
Last night on "Top Chef," after failing in his task to create a fine dining version of the humble taco, Erik Hopfinger made the statement, "I don’t think fine dining and Mexican go together."
For an executive chef who's supposed to know a thing or two about food to make a blanket statement like this on national TV -- not a brilliant move. Did he really just say that a whole entire cuisine has no fine dining?
Besides the fact that there are indeed fine dining Mexican restaurants in this country, all Erik has to do is take a trip down to Mexico to realize that, like just about every other cuisine, there is street food, haute cuisine, and everything in between.
Take it out of the context of a TV show and imagine Erik giving a speech to an audience in the food industry. Not only does he make himself look ignorant in front of his peers, he might even offend a few.
I remember being really embarrassed one time when I called on a young man in the audience only to discover that she was a young woman with very short hair. After apologizing, I told her I could relate, as the same thing used to happen to me all the time (and occasionally still does)!
Have you ever put your foot in your mouth during a presentation? How did you recover?
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