Most people know it is a severe insult to go into a high-class restaurant and ask for catsup or A.1. for a steak. Most, except perhaps for "American Idol" judge Nicki Minaj. It's OK, though: As of Saturday, Minaj will never have to ask for A.1. again.
The events started earlier in the week, when it was reported that Minaj had gone to BOA, an upscale restaurant (you might recall that Kobe and Vanessa Bryant were seen there just before they announced their reconciliation). What made matters contentious is that Minaj sent a team member out to get her A.1. Steak Sauce during the meal.
Most chefs would consider a request for A.1. Steak Sauce (or any other sauce that was not made by the restaurant) to be a huge insult.
Never mind, said Kraft Foods, the company behind A.1. Steak Sauce.
We’re so glad to hear that Nicki Minaj loves our sauce just as much as we love her and her music. To make sure she’s never "sauceless" again, we sent Nicki some of our A.1. Original Steak Sauce. Now she’ll have A.1. wherever she goes.
Of course, she -- or one of her entourage -- will need to remember to carry it, and she will be insulting chefs globally.
A.1. is marketed as a steak sauce in the U.S.A. and condiment for use with meat or game dishes. It was developed, produced and marketed in the United Kingdom as a brand in the year 1831 and was later introduced to the United States by G.F. Heublein and Bros., and was officially registered as a trademark in North America in 1895.
Widely available in the U.S., the sauce today is only available in selected Tesco stores in the U.K., its country of origin.