From the Miami Herald's Lydia Martin: The South Beach Wine & Food Festival's $1,000-a-plate dinner for the king and queen of Spain was gliding along with decorum [Feb. 19] night as dignitaries and guests feasted on vanguard cooking by some of Spain's most important chefs and quaffed some of its best wines. And then superstar chef Mario Batali, the master of ceremonies, royally messed with what he himself had called a historic and unforgettable occasion. ''All you weasel f--- wads in the back corners, can I have 10 seconds of your time?'' Batali said into the microphone, impatient that the crowd wasn't quieting quickly enough for his introduction of chef José Andrés, culinary chair of the Biltmore Hotel gala. Jaws dropped in a glittering crowd that included Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and wife, U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, the U.S. ambassador to Spain and Julio Iglesias. Gloria Estefan, enjoying the evening with husband, Emilio, chortled.
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