Archive for March, 2009


Death on a Factory farm: every pork loving chef should watch

Two nights ago, just after another spellbinding conclusion of Flight of the Conchords, I started watching a HBO documentary called Death on a Factory Farm.  Its about a guy who goes undercover with a camera strapped to him and gets a job at a factory pig farm in Ohio.  The Humane Farm Association employs him because the farm is suspected of some serious animal abuse.  The footage in this video will change you life, straight up.  The way that this farm, who is no doubt not alone in their practices, treats its animals was enough to make me sick.

Pork is in such a boom in the food world right now its unbelievable, you’ll find all parts of the pig being used in restaurants that a couple years ago would not have dared to try and sell them.  Luckily this boom is following for the most part in the same lane as the slow and local food boom.  People who know food want good pork, raised humanely, and not void of all fat like the grocery store version. This is a perfect time for a video like this to come along and show a lot of people why many are changing the way they buy food.

If you have HBO on demand its always available otherwise check the website for show times.  Here is a clip I found on the YouTube

My recommendation: watch this video, take it to heart, make a conscious effort to buy food that has been treated humanely.  Both you and I understand there are  a lot of people to feed in this world but no life form with any intelligence should be treated this way.  I think that’s all I have to say, this movie speaks for itself,  just don’t forget the way it makes you feel the first time you watch it.


Top Chef Application status: sent

Alright so I did it, after all the shit I talk about top chef I sent in my own application.  Why?  I don’t know, but I tell you one thing, I don’t think that I can talk shit anymore since I couldn’t even follow all the directions for sending in the application.  I think my buddy Kebo said it best “why would they pick you your already messing up!”  True Kebo, what am i thinking?  So I filled out the application fine but when it came down to the video things got a little hairy here are some clips

top chef video 1 from justin meddis on Vimeo.

Completely unscripted, I’m nervously making up all the answers as i go along, making me look like a goob.  The cooking demo is even more of a flop, I took to long and I’m once again nervous as shit.

So what can I say now,  I mean who knows how nervous i would have been on national television.  All my shit-talking seems a little in vain now that I can’t even look cool on my damn application.  Honestly I am just looking forward to the rejection letter!! I think I’ll frame it for the grand kids.

March 2009
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