This blog is dedicated to spreading the truth about Jack Scalfani, a child abuser and racist who has run up modest celebrity on the internet through his “Cooking with Jack” youtube channel. For a long but by no means exhaustive list of what Jack has done, please see this post.
Originally uploaded: 29 April 2016
Although the Kentucky Dar-bee seems to loom less large in American popular consciousness as The Race That Stops A Nation, it’s still a well-known and recognisable annual event. In Jack’s continuing attempt to increase his youtube clout, focusing on annual event dishes is a simple and effective way of waddling after views. And there’s also the issue of Jack attempting to position himself as a Southerner, for whom the Kentucky Derby would hold a special significance. Two whole videos on an event he’s never talked about even once before are the result of this.
Jack certainly isn’t opposed to the kind of vice typified by these sporting events, dragging his family to Las Vegas on a yearly basis to fritter his wife’s hard-earned money away on gambling. Although this is at odds with Jack’s contemporary conservative distaste for vice Jack never was one to be bothered by logic. Indeed his distaste for alcohol seems to be the driving force in deciding on the lesser known Kentucky Derby staples to prevent him from having to drink bourbon. (incidentally if you’ve any interest at all in liquor and the history thereof I highly recommend Southern food historian Robert Moss’ recent twin articles on the subject of the Mint Julep).
Of course the (open) sandwich itself which surprisingly I never had heard of before appears to be a modified Welsh Rarebit, a dish I love. Being such a gut-punch of grease and salt I almost believe the surrounding southern-fried mythology of its creation. Almost but not quite, and certainly not enough to want to seek it out. Hilariously, Jack’s version is plagiarised from a source that plagiarises a number of other sources in a comedic piece almost as sharp and topical as thinking the word “Mornay” is about to start trending as a hashtag. It’s funny watching old Jack videos where he pisses and moans about butter and things, only to watch him clog his tired, diabetic arteries on dish like this. I often wonder what the appeal of Jack’s videos are to the general audience, and I suppose watching a small man slowly but surely kill himself over a number of years is part of it.