Eric Ripert must have known that in order to be close friends with Anthony Bourdain, one must be willing to submit to various ridiculous antics. Perhaps that explains why Ripert found himself on stage blindfolded during the Shame on Sandy variety show/benefit on January 12. Moreover, Ripert agreed to let Bourdain feed him a mystery food item.
Bourdain asks Ripert to identify what he refers to as "Protein X." Ripert correctly identifies that it could not be fish, but guesses that Protein X was tofu. Alas, it was not tofu but instead a chicken McNugget. Bourdain is thrilled; Ripert less so. Ah well, even chefs with excellent palates can't win 'em all.
[h/t The Braiser]