In this chapter, I examine a stock comic figure, the chef, who often claims to adapt the dishes he serves based on the identity of the individuals at the dinner. My aim is not only to demonstrate what kinds of factors the chefs might take into consideration, but also to show what role such claims have in the discourse of gustatory pleasure in the Greek world. While some say that a chef should adapt the meal to the attendees, other writers insist that there is an objectively best way to serve each dish. By examining these two claims we see that the best way to enjoy a meal can be defined by a speaker in a given context to suit their own rhetorical ends. I argue that these claims serve primarily to highlight the importance of the mageiros himself by legimitizing the art of cooking as a form of expertise. Rather than producing consensus, comic mageiroi are part of an active and ongoing debate about the relationship between food and pleasure.
|Title of host publication||Mesa dos Sentidos & Sentidos da Mesa|
|Editors||Carmen Soares, Anny Torres Silveira, Bruno Laurioux|
|Place of Publication||Coimbra|
|Publisher||University of Coimbra, Portugal|
|Number of pages||23|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|