Superstar chef David Chang isn't known for his restraint. He's the founder of the Momofuku restaurant group—which boasts more than a dozen restaurants from Sydney to Toronto to Las Vegas—co-created a much-praised magazine (which, sadly, is shutting down this year), and hosted the first season of Mind of a Chef. He's earned Michelin stars, won James Beard Awards, and isn't afraid to stir up some controversy. So it's no surprise that his last meal on earth would be pretty epic.
In a video for The Ringer, David outlines a globetrotting eating binge that starts in Los Angeles and ends up in Tokyo, with stops in Las Vegas, Austin, Toronto, and San Sebastian, Spain. (But he skips over New York City—where's the love, David??)
In LA, his very first stop would be at In-N-Out Burger, where he'd go for the spicy single patty, animal-style. "I won't get a double-double because that is too much food. I'm going to try to eat as much as possible" for this final meal, he says in the video. We admit, we're a little surprised—"too much food" for David?
Next up are Korean-style braised beef short ribs at his favorite spot in Koreatown, then a quick jaunt to Vegas for some "extracurricular activities" and a spicy seafood pan roast at the Palace Station Oyster Bar.
It's time for more meat—so naturally, he heads to Austin for brisket at the renowned Franklin Barbecue. "That's like non-negotiable, has to happen," he says. (Since he's on a tight schedule, let's hope the owners let him cut the line.)
After a stop in Toronto for some salt-and-pepper king crab, David's off to San Sebastian for the turbot at a restaurant called Elkano. It's "maybe the best dish in the world," he claims.
Finally, David lands in Tokyo, where he plans to just gorge on sushi, ramen, and pizza. "The reality is I could just wind up in Tokyo. I could screw my entire trip and just get lost in Japan," he admits.
But where's the fun in that?
Watch the full video and take a virtual journey with David here:
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