When my oldest daughter Giulia was about 6 months old we used to stop by a little deli near our apartment everyday and the owners, an older couple in their late 60′s, would put her up on the counter and give her a small piece of parmigiano cheese to suck on.
Getting ready to go on a trip back to the U.S., we thought we’d get a piece of cheese, have them shrink wrap it, and bring it with us so she could keep her daily snack.
We forgot the cheese at home.
As the super-dad I am, I headed out in West Hollywood to the best shop I knew of, the Chalet Gourmet, and bought the best, most authentic piece of Parmigiano Reggiano I could find (and it cost a fortune too).
Took it home and offered it to Giulia and this little child, born in one of the greatest culinary cities in the world, a true food-snob by birth, turned her little nose up at it and would not touch it.
Our family joke has for a long time been to watch out with what you do with your food, as you could risk getting busted by the Food Police.
In 2011, I started a home-movie with my friend Peter Wall in Bali. We decided it would be about food, and many months later, it became The Most Epic Home Movie, and a precursor to the Food Police.
What started it all – the Search For the Golden Wedge – the most epic home movie EVER.