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Condor - It's What's for Dinner! The Carnivore Panel

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Photo by Elise Thompson for LAist (L-R Jonathan Gold, Mark Peel, Octavio Becerra, Susan Feniger and Vinny Dotola)

Yesterday Jonathan Gold moderated the Carnivore! panel at the LA Weekly Festival held at The Ricardo Montalban Theater. The panel consisted of Mark Peel, Octavio Becerra, Susan Feniger and Vinny Dotolo. The panel members were not only representative of some of the finest chefs in LA, but they were well-informed, witty, and thoughtful. It seemed like everyone in the room, including the panelists, walked away with something of value.

Gold opened the discussion with musings on Padma Lakshmi’s semi-pornographic hamburger commercial. He described the act of Padma, a former Hindu, ingesting the meat as a transgressive. By ingesting the animal's flesh, she was taking it into herself.

The discussion turned then to what the animal itself ingests, and how its diet and quality of life affect the taste of the meat. It was generally agreed that an animal's handling and the resulting protein are intrinsically linked. After establishing that current meat-handling practices are abominable, possible methods for effecting change were brought up.