While you were watching pre-season football over the weekend, Thomas Keller was busy in a field, dumping a bucket of ice water over his head. The French Laundry chef participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Those who accept the challenge douse themselves with a bucket of ice water instead of, or (ideally) in addition to, making a donation to an ALS-related charity, then challenge a few other folks to do the same and so on and so on. So far, the viral ice storm has raised millions of dollars in donations.
For those following the chain letter, Atelier Crenn chef and owner Dominique Crenn challenged Keller. Keller's acceptance of said challenge, after the jump.
As you can see, Keller in turn challenged San Francisco chef Corey Lee, Culinary Institute of America President Tim Ryan, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and Lady Gaga. As you do when you're Thomas Keller.
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And as we all were greatly hoping she would, Lady Gaga accepted the chef's challenge this morning and, in doing so, fully embraced the performance art aspect of this whole thing. As you do when you're Lady Gaga.
And in yet more chef-related ice bucket news, yesterday evening chef Sang Yoon (Father's Office, Lukshon), too, accepted an ice bucket challenge. For your reference, here now are Chef Yoon's Twitter and Instagram accounts. This will be fun to watch.