The Fat Jew is quickly becoming the most unpopular person at every party …
Josh Ostrovsky, who goes by the nom de plume “The Fat Jew,” has caused a scene at an NYC food event scheduled to take place in October — just by being added to the billing. The event, a ramen party, was to be hosted by Kenji López-Alt, host of the popular cooking blog The Food Lab on Serious Eats, but once he found out The Fat Jew had been added — and given higher billing then him at his own event, he basically said, “Nah, man,” and quit. Well, really he did it in a long Facebook posting:
Once López-Alt made his declaration of the kind of person he wouldn’t be working with, several other ramen companies scheduled to be at the party abruptly quit as well and at least one of the sponsors has backed out. Allegedly, López-Alt had no clue that The Fat Jew had been added as a cohost once previous cohost Chrissy Teigen was unable to attend. The event, which was to be part of the NYC Food & Wine Festival, is still scheduled to take place, but at this rate, The Fat Jew will be eating his noodles alone.
Ostrovsky, has lately come under fire for being a joke thief, basically taking other people’s work and reposting it as his own — an increasingly damning allegation in the modern age of social media. Already Comedy Central backed out on a special it was going to do with him once the whispers got unavoidably loud and López-Alt has said it is people like him and people OK with working with people like The Fat Jew that “actively hurt the quality of good media.”
López-Alf has declared that he will figure out a way to host a new event that does not include The Fat Jew, but will still benefit the two charities sponsored by the Food & Wine Festival. Allegedly half the tickets available for the initial event had already been sold before Ostrovsky came aboard and the companies all quit. Hopefully, there is a refund option on that ticket.