This past weekend saw one of the most tradition-laden sporting events – heck, events of any kind really – with the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National, and it seems that something was awry.
I’ve written about The Masters and my love for the food there before, and unfortunately for me, I was not able to secure a badge and get my hands on a few dozen of those pimento cheese or egg salad sandwiches. But it seems I may have picked a good year to miss.
In what he is dubbing “PimentoGate”, Wright Thompson over at ESPN broke the story that there has been a change to the world-famous pimento cheese sandwich recipe, and things just ain’t what the used to be.
It appears that since parting ways with Ted Godfrey, owner of the fried chicken chain Wife Saver and most recent man behind the pimento, Augusta National has not been able to get that magic recipe quite right. Patrons are complaining that this year’s sandwiches were too heavy and too spicy, and that the texture just wasn’t the same.
Did anyone of the AJC readers go this year? Did you notice a difference? Should I tell my in-laws to keep their badges until the pimento cheese returns to its former glory?
- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog