I just got back from Iceland, cooking for their annual Food and Fun event.

Apparently the country is no longer bankrupt.  In fact, it seemed to be rather bustling.   And, as it turns out, Iceland is green and Greenland is ice.  The theory is that the Vikings figured by calling it Iceland they would be less prone to being conquered.

Anyway, this shark dish was awful!  A group of a dozen chefs from around the world were eating lunch at the Three Jackets when we were asked if we wanted to try the local specialty, stinky shark.  Most sharks, you see, urinate through their skin.  Some culinary genius figured out that if you were to hang the shark for six months it would putrefy, making the urine more pronounced.  Yum.   Luckily for the chefs, the shark was served with a clear schnapps know in Iceland as brennivin or ‘black death’.  Unluckily for me, I don’t drink.  So while they were frantically gulping down the antidote, I was left there to chew and swallow.

To illustrate just how offensive the flavor of this chewy shark is, we put some out on the sidewalk for our host’s dog to evaluate.  Think for a minute about what a dog is willing to eat.  For the first time in my life I actually saw a dog spit something halfway across a street.

While in Iceland, we also got to sample sashimi minke whale (mild) and puffin (much like duck).  Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to try the ‘rotted skate wing’ since they only eat it once a year, on December 23rd.  Darn, maybe next year.


3 Responses to “Don’t Eat the Stinky Shark!”

  1. Marti Ann writes:

    Chef, oh please never offer this on your menu! I actually never thought you would. I’ve learned a bit from your blogs… the shark urine. I’m laughing silently…

    By the bye… My future Husband and I will be heading your way for a two day stay at the Hotel Arista May 30th, and we are, well I am mostly looking forward to dining at the Sugar Toad Sunday evening. Our Wedding is May30th and we’ve chosen to have a small Honeymoon in Naperville. We really wanted to get away somewhere by the sea, and from what I’ve read your menu will have a lovely selection of seafood! No shark. No thank you.

    See you in a week!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:42 pm
  2. Jimmy writes:

    Hey! No worries, no stinky shark. But, we do not offer the SugarToad menu on Sundays (my cooks need a day of rest). We do have a dinner menu, just not SugarToad’s. Jimmy.

    May 22, 2009 at 11:04 am
  3. Delores writes:

    I’m LOL here! What a hoot! Will be sharing your blog w/ friends!

    June 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm