On Saturday, in Wildwood NJ, a group of south Jersey chefs set the record for cooking the world's largest meat-and-potato pie. The setting for this culinary feat was the first ever Wildwood St. Patrick's Day Block Party. The meat-and-potato pie weighed in at 1805 pounds. The achievement was certified by a representative from the Guinness Book of World Records.
Only here's the thing. According to the new's report, the chefs were not trying to make the world's largest meat-and-potato pie. They were trying to make the world's largest shepherd's pie. I can only imagine their embarrassment when the representative from the Guinness Book pointed out that shepherd's pie is made with lamb, not beef, and therefore had to deny their claim of the world's largest shepherd's pie. Think about that for a moment. It's not like this was some random group of guys trying to set the record, not a group of plumbers or electricians, not morticians, neither accountants nor fashion designers. These were chefs. Shouldn't they be expected to know what goes in a shepherd's pie?
And somewhere in the audience, Cassie O'Malley was sipping a glass of Tullamore Dew and smiling.