Sometimes, journalists write as much to entertain themselves as they do the audience at large. The choice of a structural construct here and a stylistic variation there is occasionally all about challenging ourselves to come up with something worthwhile but at the same time a little different from the narrative norm.
Guy Adams succeeds admirably in this regard with his profile of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, who after all these years has finally exported his restaurant brand back to Europe with a London branch of Cut. By inserting a number of strategic “clang!” exclamations at the end of various paragraphs, the Independent correspondent manages to convey both the Austrian-born chef’s manic staccato energy and unabashed fondness for name-dropping:
“I also hope to see some of the younger people in London society there,” he adds. “British soccer players, hopefully; David and Victoria Beckham sometimes eat at Cut in Los Angeles. They like good steak. I like football; we have become friendly.” Clang! Clang!
The only thing missing from Adams’ article is an opposite exclamation to underscore Puck’s hilarious recollection of a nightmare year spent overcooking steaks for customers in Indianapolis. Were Adams to have really stretched the cacophony, he might well have thrown in a couple of “Harumph!”’s.
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