This week’s cover story about Tim Love wasn’t just about the local celebrity chef’s allegedly prickly personality. It also discussed his restaurant successes and failures, his rocky relationship with TCU and The Colonial, and his upcoming reality television show. But most of the social media chatter about the story, penned by Jeff Prince, is about Love’s less than charming demeanor.
Love already isn’t crazy about Fort Worth Weekly. He refused to be interviewed for the cover story, and hasn’t spoken to the Weekly in years.
In June of last year, Vishal Malhotra, a photographer for the Weekly, was kicked out of the Woodshed Smokehouse restaurant in retaliation for an unflattering review of Love’s relaunch of the Oui Lounge, written by Steve Steward.
“I told [the manager who kicked him out] I had nothing to do with Steve’s article,” Malhotra said. “And he said, ‘that’s the way Tim wants it.’ ”
If Love was mad at the Weekly before this week, an article in Esquire Magazine posted today might break his sauce. The article, titled “Which Celebrity Chef Douchebag Are You?” compares Love to Boston celebrity chef Todd English, and references Prince’s article:
“As the Fort Worth Weekly noted, he takes offense easily, and has a tendency to lash out, ejecting an octopus-like jet of vinegar and water at his enemies,” the story says. “In his personal life, Love is above reproach: a devoted family man, he has to my knowledge never been accused of being a womanizer, a fact which I, as a married man, hold against him. The articles make clear that there is more to the chefs’ misfortunes than just their personal styles. Love, by the look of things, seems overextended; he has been in the culinary brand-name game a relatively short time, where English is a past master of the art, who licenses his name and debauches co-eds with equal ease. Love, for all his hucksterism, has never truly embraced his destiny, and continues to be wounded by the slights thrown his way by public and press…”