During last night’s virtual Democratic National Convention, Rhode Island featured a local party leader standing on the beach alongside a beefy restaurateur holding a piping hot plate of sauteed squid and proclaiming Rhode Island the “calamari comeback state.”
The 30-second clip played during the convention’s roll call as Rhode Island’s Democrats formally nominated Joe Biden for president.
The “calamari comeback state” comment had Twitter all abuzz, but the real star of the moment was the masked chef standing silently off to the side and looking oh-so-commanding with that heaping tray of battered squid.
As it turns out, the chef’s name is John Bordieri and he works as the executive chef at Iggy’s Boardwalk, a seafood joint on Narragansett Bay. Why do we have a feeling reservations there are about to skyrocket?
Here’s what people are saying…
— AlejandroAlonsoGalva (@AleVidaLIVE) August 19, 2020
My favorite was the Rhode Island chef holding a basket brimming with the fried fish bounty of the sea.
— Erik M. Gregersen (@erikgregersen) August 19, 2020
Rhode Island shrimp bear was so fucking hot 😍 pic.twitter.com/Fsg0EH9zVd
— FrostyOtter (@FrostyOtterXXX) August 19, 2020
OMG Rhode Island calamari just won the whole election
— alexwagner (@alexwagner) August 19, 2020
under discussed tonight: Rhode Island’s calamari flex
— Laura O’Neill (@loneillNH) August 19, 2020
Take this image back in time 12 months and try to explain what’s happening. pic.twitter.com/A1PjbH2Nx1
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) August 19, 2020
Rhode Island’s beefy chef with calamari for the win! 😝
— Becca Clara Love (@BeccaClaraLove) August 19, 2020
omg Rhode Island has a chef posing with calamari. Never change.
— Jackson Bird (@jackisnotabird) August 19, 2020
Is Rhode Island actually the “calamari comeback” state?
— Michelangelo Signorile, subscribe to my newsletter (@MSignorile) August 19, 2020
2) RHODE ISLAND
That dude could fuck me on that pile of calamari. pic.twitter.com/voCJWDFHg2
— tim paul (@porpoiseswallow) August 19, 2020
He looks like the most badass chef in the Calamari game.
— MOSTLYWEATHER (@mostlyweather) August 19, 2020
do you think the Rhode Island calamari guy knew he was becoming a meme at that moment? pic.twitter.com/3Qc1q9EGcK
— anonymous cartoon beard man (@Wallzers) August 19, 2020
I want the chef holding the calamari from Rhode Island to run for office
— Kelly Anne (@kellyFreckles) August 19, 2020
don’t pretend like you didn’t wake up contemplating a Rhode Island-style calamari breakfast pic.twitter.com/et2i8uVDm4
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) August 19, 2020
Very strong calamari flex while nominating presidential candidate. These are strange but sometimes weirdly wonderful and human times
— Sarah Smarsh (@Sarah_Smarsh) August 19, 2020
— Tiffany Griffith (@Tiff_Griff) August 19, 2020
Loved it. We can never go back to the arena roll call. It was so inspiring to see all the different places and peoples. I even liked the calamari chef.
— Julie McCoy (@jmccoy11144) August 19, 2020