Tom Colicchio inspires ironic simile

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I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a simile relating to celebrity chef Tom Colicchio… 

I don’t watch a lot of television but I have a particular weakness for food shows. For reasons I can’t fully explain — is it the competition? the creative and delicious-looking food? the seemingly impossible challenges? — I enjoy Chopped and Top Chef. Through this latter show, I became aware of Tom Colicchio (pictured above), a celebrity American chef and winner of  five James Beard Foundation Awards.

In reading a recent New York Times article about small plates (i.e.: tapas), headlined “Small Plates Grow Up” I encountered Tom Colicchio again. Journalist Pete Wells delivered a deliciously ironic simile when he wrote:

When Mr. Colicchio says now that he has lost interest in cooking or eating main courses, it’s like hearing that Wolf Blitzer gets all of his Middle East news from Upworthy.

The simile made me laugh out loud. Imagine pompous Wolf Blitzer deigning to read Upworthy! But then I’m far from a Wolf Blitzer fan…


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