It's only fitting that episode two focuses around Los Angeles Food & Wine, being that the festival takes place in Downtown L.A. next week. Perfect timing. Check out the situation right here.
On the subject of Nina's dishes, I will say that I thought they were both great. In no way shape or form was I trying to say Nina's ingredients were not fresh.
With regard to Waylynn and "One Year In," I do always use a voice recorder for interviews, and on this occasion didn't have one. Which is completely my own fault. However, when I spoke to Waylynn and she informed me of the inconsistencies in the article, I told her immediately that I would update the piece, although she wouldn't let me. I offered about four or five times to change it, not wanting inaccurate information on Eater, but she would never let me amend the article to reflect her words. Which, if it's so incorrect, really makes no sense. Ultimately, I was just trying to help her and her business.
For anyone in the L.A. area, I had some great meals this week! From sweet corn ice cream with toasted almonds (does that count as a meal?!) to an incredible corned beef burger from newbie The Doughroom in West L.A. I tried a pretty great ube (purple yam) upside down pie and Nutella bread pudding by Creme Caramel L.A. (they're soon opening a dessert boutique in Sherman Oaks). And because I am addicted as ever to the incredible Chinese food in the San Gabriel Valley, I revisited Chengdu Taste, followed by some black sticky rice with coconut and silken tofu with tapioca and mango from Phoenix for dessert.
Looking forward to Acabar (how pretty is this place), Maru, Pearl's, and sooooo excited about secret beef restaurant Totoraku later this week! Follow me on Twitter @kat_odell and Instagram for the latest.
In my opinion, if you spent more time on your writing and less on chasing Chef's, you probably would not have made the mistakes you did on the anniversary article on Waylnn. I really, really want to like you Kat, but you make it sooo difficult to do so.
Shows what a messed up world we live in is when someone like you has influence on anyone else's business. You can't make a big stinky turd and then offer to shove it back in the hole. Although you seem to be good at walking away and saying someone else made it.
Good way to lose credibility! Get facts wrong, misquote those you interview, then try to put the "bad" on the person that you interviewed. Totally lacking professionalism. If I was in LA, I'd make sure that everyone and anyone I knew would know that your blog isn't worth the computer its typed on since you don't seem to care about actual facts.
What's sad is that you probably spent around $1500 on your MacBook to do some basic word processing and web surfing, and you didn't even realize that there's a microphone and recorder on your laptop.
But at least you look as cool as all the hipsters sitting in coffee shops in Silverlake, "working" on their scripts.
Wow! Three cheers for spinning what is your HUGE mistake. Sorry, mistakes.... many many many mistakes. I concur with the rest of the people that you failed in all ways, and here in your blog again.
In regards to Waylynn and Nancy's 1 Year Fonuts "article," to say Waylynn "would never let you" is not the truth. You had published incorrect information, Waylynn is smart enough to know that once something is on the internet, the damage is done. You did not understand, and still don't, I might add what you had done. You damaged someone's reputation.
Which brings me to another claim of yours. You say you "were just trying to help her and her business." Strike 2.YOU WERE DOING YOUR FREAKING JOB. Well, actually you were drinking. You were so unprofessional, it makes me really confused as to why you are gainfully employed. This blog is poorly written. It is written as one would say it, which makes it and you come across as vapid. Over the course of the episodes that have aired, you have "interviewed" other people for the scoop, and the only thing you had with you was a drink. To say you "always" have a tape recorder except for this one, bull. When you're wrong. admit it. Don't spin it to try and make you look good. It did NOT work. As I said, the whole Kat package we've seen has made you look... vapid.
So, let's talk maps. Who claims THEY put someone else on the map??? Donald Trump, but Kat Odell did NOT put Waylynn Lucas on the map. SHE DID. And how rude of you to ask her why she quit high class pastry to open up fonuts? "Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can't locate the U.S. on a world map. Why do you think this is?" This question was asked to Miss South Carolina, and it's quite fitting. She, like you, gave a non-sensical and fallacious response. She, like you, also made up a horrible excuse, not admitting that she just really screwed up.
Kat, YOU messed up. It is your responsibility to correct your mistakes NO MATTER WHAT. Stop drinking and flirting, and do your job. Er, I mean your "job." Shame.
First of all Kat, ask yourself... Did you really put Waylynn on the map??? Perhaps she put herself there by running a successful restaurant in Costa Rica, and selling it, before she even became a pastry chef... Or, perhaps it was when she landed a job with Jose Andres, or... maybe it was the two four-star LA Times reviews she has received while working as a pastry chef??? You're not that powerful, in fact the only things you have that much of are, jealousy of Waylynn and sex drive.
Second, you made numerous mistakes in the article, the Bravo camera just shows a few of them! Admit you were wrong, and as a journalist, you should have checked your facts, or corrected them regardless of what Waylynn said... Out of Integrity... Which clearly you lack.
Which brings me to my third point... In your own blog post above, you state you, "do always use a voice recorder for interviews..." Then why were you on the bravo camera later in the episode stating, "I'm just hoping that with all the cocktails, I'm gonna remember it all." If you had a voice recorder at those interviews, then why would you need to make such an embarrassing and incriminating statement about the possibility of forgetting something that was said??? Seems like a lack of integrity in your journalism is a habit for you.
So lasty... I feel it begs the question: Is Eater LA really journalism? Under Kat it appears to be a glorified blog full of opinions and inaccurate quotes, perhaps the diary of a female player on the LA food scene.
As a writer, you should know better. When I saw your computer out, I asked myself; where is the recorder? Wow...she can remember everything she said. Then, I see the work of a person who didn't study the trait they chose. If you want to be a writer, you must know how to interview properly (with recorder) and make sure you edit your work. Fact Check. Fact Check. Fact Check. I can't stress it enough.
It's not up to Waylynn to "let" you fix any of your own writing mistakes. If you didn't have the recorder that you "always" have, then your note-taking must be poor. Someone who seems to think she's as powerful as you do shouldn't be so sloppy in her work. Careless, thoughtless, clueless.
One person's opinion means so little however, you showed so little respect for Kat and Nancy's concern for their "baby" and their "One Year In!" Be real, you wrote a bad piece and didn't give Kat a chance to check the facts before publishing. It was disgraceful that you wrote in your blog that you tried numerous times to correct the article but Kat just wanted to let it drop. Rightfully so, to continue along these lines is senseless. Waylynn can stand on her own reputation and the founding of Fonuts is between Nancy and Waylynn and they know the truth. They can handle that internally however, your unprofessionalism by putting words in Waylynn's mouth was disrespectful. Reading your bio you would think you had true experience in the food critic's world however, I doubt you aren't too caught up in your own little world that you basically, pushed out an article at the last minute to make a deadline. Be honest with yourself and know you didn't give it 100% because there is only 100% in everything and nothing above that number! Admit your error and move on! And don't turn this around on Kat for not wanting to "correct" the article. It wouldn't of needed correcting if you did your job Sweetie! And I've earned the right to call you Sweetie bc I'm old enough to be your mother and a freelance writer that makes a good living in the business. You're young enough to learn a lesson and grow from it even as an editor!
MysticBleu I believe you used Kat's name a few times when you meant Waylynn. Not being rude--just noting. : )
How do you consider yourself a journalist and "editor" when your blog entry is so wrought with grammatical mistakes?
I agree, an embarrassment to women and professionals. I mean were you high during that interview, or just not paying attention because you were bored by your friends success? If you didn't have your tape recorder you should have called back to get some facts straight. I know we did not see your entire interview but where did the farmers market comment come in?
Sorry but you revealed yourself as a very poor "journalist." Not only did you get facts wrong, but you didn't even have the courtesy of letting the subject of your interview see your piece before it was published so she could point out the errors. You shouldn't have even had to ask Waylynn about setting the record straight; you should have just done it. Aside from the mistakes in your reportage, you really need to work on your prose, which is epitome of banality. You really are an embarrassment to journalists and women in general. You need to work on that, dear.