Schwing! Top Chef’s Hosea Rosenberg Explains His ‘Culinary Boner’

hosealonger Schwing! Top Chefs Hosea Rosenberg Explains His Culinary Boner

Recent Top Chef champ Hosea Rosenberg showed off his chops, whipping up small plates of shrimp and coconut rice, at a cooking demonstration outside the Flatiron Building on Friday afternoon, March 27.

No sign of Leah Cohen, Mr. Rosenberg’s rumored love interest on the popular Bravo reality TV series. (Perhaps Centro Vinoteca is running a killer lunch special or something.)

After the demo, the chrome-domed 35-year-old top toque from Taos, N.M., and his colleague, prior Top Chef contestant Nikki Cascone, co-owner of the Soho restaurant 24 Prince, signed autographs and hawked promotional items for the show, including the curiously phrased (and apparently top-selling) t-shirt: “I HAVE A CULINARY BONER.”

I asked Mr. Rosenberg, “Do you?”

“Always,” he told the Daily Transom, “any time I do something like this.”

“What is that exactly?” I inquired of the cheeky term.

 “What gives me a culinary boner? Or what is a culinary boner?” replied Mr. Rosenberg, who was also sporting a pair of leopard-print shades.

Either!

“It’s just being really excited about your work,” he explained. “It’s about being passionate about what you do. I think there’s a lot of people in different lines of work who don’t get boners.”

“We get twisted excited over things,” Ms. Cascone chimed in. “Like when the seasons change and we see great produce in the market. We get boners over that.”