As Derby Week approached Eater sought the opinions of several area dining and entertainment professionals, asking a number of questions about the upcoming festivities. Here Laurence Agnew, Joe Banet, Anthony Lamas, Edward Lee, Jeremy Johnson, Fernando Martinez and Mark Peters tell stories about awful Derby hats.
Q: What was the worst hat you've ever witnessed?
Laurence Agnew, Executive Chef at Crushed Ice Events: I've seen one decked out with big pink flamingos. It was a little much.
Joe Banet, Executive Chef at Rye: Any hat that is in the shape or form of a horse.
Jeremy Johnson, Meta: That one from the royal wedding.
Anthony Lamas, Seviche: Gosh there are so many to choose from. I remember one lady had a merry-go-round with little horses on her head. It was actually spinning and it might of even had a little tune playing.
Mark Peters, Coals Artisan Pizza: Not qualified to judge the hats. More interested in what's underneath 'em.