What is a Gangster of Food? A cook with a gun? A money laundering restaurateur? No, it’s a fucking metaphor. A gangster is a liminal figure, an insider/outsider. A gangster creates his own legitimacy, a legitimacy that simultaneously attacks and enshrines that of society at large. A gangster punches out the space for his legitimacy with subterfuge and violence. Logic, persuasion and humor are the weapons that the Gangster of Food employs in staking out his own gastronomic turf.