Paula Deen Grand Marshal of Rose Parade, Jonathan Gold Horrified

October 28th, 2010 - 3:18 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Oct 27 (THAINDIAN NEWS) After the announcement came from the ‘Tournament of Roses’ that television chef and southern cook Paula Deen would be this year’s Grand Marshal, Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer from LA Weekly, Jonathan Gold was asked by the Pasadena Star News what he thought of the honor given Deen.

Not only will Paula Deen be the 12nd Rose Parade Grand Marshal, she will also “toss the coin” before the 97th annual Rose Bowl game which will be held on January 1, 2011.

Jonathan’s reaction lacked southern grace and manners, as he replied in an email, “Paula Deen? That’s absolutely horrifying. Julia Child grew up on Pasadena Avenue, just a few blocks from the start of the parade, and practically everything Ms. Deen has done both exploits and despoils the culinary movement Child did so much to prod into being. As a food person and as a Pasadenan, I should be proud that the committee is honoring somebody in my profession, but the news makes me cringe.”

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