The former executive chef of the Joe Beef Group — announced that he was leaving restaurants in order to take on the role of Director of Culinary Operations at the ready-made meal company WeCook. For some, it read as selling out, to others it sounded a lot more like getting out. For Drapeau, it sounded like the perfect opportunity to hitch his wagon star. Meal kits of all kinds have been the star of the COVID-era dining scene, or if not the star then perhaps the clear winner of the best food-related pivot, with many new companies having launched this year after most of the major brands saw record profits in 2020. I, for one, was admittedly a bit skeptical but I was reassured by a single truth: Gab Drapeau is an extraordinary cook. I don’t know Gab well but when I asked people who do, they invariably told me one thing: “He’s intense.” Whether the intensity is around food, fitness, or mixed martial arts, Gab commits 100%.