By now you may have heard in the recent edition of TV Guide celeb chef, drinker and traveler Anthony Bourdain calls out several other celeb chefs on their talent…or lack thereof.
He’s been known to take numerous shots at Rachael Ray over the years as she ascended from the Food Network to foodie Oprah icon. However, to the best of my knowledge “Mrs. Yum-O” has pretty much taken the high road and never fired back. And in fact, Anthony seems to have softened his stance a pinch on Rachael. His comment in the article in question…
“Does she even cook anymore? I don’t know why she bothers. To her credit, she never said she was good at it. I feel bad that she still feels compelled to cook. Her talk show is doing well, and she does that well. I don’t watch, but I don’t run screaming from the room.”
I’m not sure the star of the Travel Channel’s “No Reservations” previously ever sniped at another Food Network legend, Paula Deen. He has now, courtesy of the same piece…
“The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen. She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she’s proud of the fact that her food is f***ing bad for you. If I were on at seven at night and loved by millions of people at every age, I would think twice before telling an already obese nation that it’s OK to eat food that is killing us. Plus, her food sucks.”
I am making an assumption Bourdain is referring to Deen’s association with Smithfield Foods/Farms (keyword that company with abuse and/or cruelty). As for her attitude about her culinary productions, I couldn’t agree more. She absolutely revels in the fact how bad her food is and even takes “cute” jabs on her shows at those who suggest after eating they might have to compensate for doing so somewhere down the line. As for how her food tastes, my wife has made a couple of her dishes and I have to take major issue with criticizing that. Of course it tastes good. It’s filled with everything bad.
But dear reader, the best part of all this is unlike Rachael, Paula has come out swinging. Here is a comment from the New York Post…
“Anthony Bourdain needs to get a life. You don’t have to like my food, or Rachael’s, Sandra’s (Lee) and Guy’s (Fieri). But it’s another thing to attack our character. I wake up every morning happy for where I am in life. It’s not all about the cooking, but the fact that I can contribute by using my influence to help people all over the country. In the last two years, my partners and I have fed more than 10 million hungry people by bringing meat to food banks.”
The Post indicated Deen added Bourdain has contributed nothing to society, aside from “being irritable.” The rest of Deen’s comments and Bourdain’s post-TV Guide remarks can be read here. This surely isn’t the last we’ll hear of this food fight.
As Paula indicated above, Anthony did indeed have something negative to say about two other co-workers at Food Network, Guy Fieri and Sandra Lee. While his remark about Guy’s cooking was more about his television image than culinary skills…his comment about Sandra indicated when he criticized her some time back and later ran into her…it was “deeply terrible.”
“Don’t mess with her, I rarely feel uncomfortable, but she has a powerful force. I hate her works on this planet, but she is not someone to be dismissed, clearly.”
My guess is since Sandra is sharing a residence with the Governor of New York…Anthony at some point felt the wrath of, shall we say, political force. Something’s cooking on that front.
In any event, if you’ve ever seen any of Bourdain’s shows you’d be hard-pressed to see how he can criticize anyone on – of all things - health issues. Chain-smoking, drink-chugging and showing no ability to turn down even the most repugnant-looking food, while Bourdain’s shows can be highly entertaining and even enlightening at times being a critic of Deen’s contribution to the healthiness of our nation seems to me to be much like a kitchen-related analogy.
The pot…calling the kettle…black.