What The Stars Ate At The Golden Globes

The Golden Globes tapped Chef Nobu Matsuhisa for its signature dinner event.

Sure, we're always intrigued by what the stars wear to a big awards show. But in the case of the Golden Globes another question prevails: What did the stars eat?

Unlike the Academy Awards, which is held in a theater, the Golden Globes has historically been held in a ballroom at The Beverly Hilton, complete with tables, drink glasses (lots of glasses), and dinner. This year, organizers of the event, which is under new ownership and working hard to recover its reputation, hired Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, owner of Nobu restaurants, to create and execute a signature menu for the event.

The menu was previewed for journalists before the event, and then journalist Kyle Buchanan of The New York Times tweeted an image from within the ballroom. The spread looked just as glorious as we imagined it might.

The menu placed next to the plate in Buchanan's photo reads:

  • Salmon tartare with caviar
  • Yellowtail Jalapeño
  • Sashimi salad with Matsuhisa dressing
  • Tai nigiri Matsuhisa style
  • Salmon nigiri with Nikiri soy
  • Tuna nigiri with Nikiri soy
  • Black cod with miso [we have a recipe for this one!]
  • Judging by the timing of Buchanan's tweet, the meal was served before the telecast began at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. That makes sense, given that it is ultimately a television event, and one during which we did not spy any celebrities downing delicious-looking sushi.

    The event was attended by 1,100 guests. For what it's worth, the room in which the ceremony is held is surprisingly small in real life, which I know because a million years ago I was an intern at an event held in the same room. The size of the space was made evident in the broadcast by the ways in which honorees had to weave between closely situated tables to get to the stage. We can imagine those tight quarters lead to some stale air, which may be why, by the end of the night, presenter Will Ferrell commented that the room was hot and smelled like hot sushi.

    Of course, Ferrell may have also been hot from dancing against his will with fellow presenter Kristin Wiig, in a bit that had me laughing more than anything else during the three-hour telecast.