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What Valley Chef Deserves a Comedy Roast?

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Comedy roasts, first made popular by The Friars Club in the early 1920s, served the purpose of flabbergasting the guest of honor with both offensive yet funny insults and heartfelt praise.

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And since celebs like Bob Saget, Pamela Anderson, and William Shatner have had their turns as roastees, why not a Valley chef? Which one? Here's who other Valley chefs and restaurateurs would nominate for the hot seat. Who would be your pick?

Bernie Kantak, Chef and Partner, Citizen Public House

I think the obvious answer here is Aaron May, with Beau MacMillan as emcee. Aaron is pretty open about people either loving or hating him and he has a great sense of humor about it. And you'd be pretty hard-pressed to get a more entertaining guy than Beau to head the thing up.

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Laura Hahnefeld
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