I’ve watched Tony Bourdain for years. I read his book Kitchen Confidential quite a while ago and while it contained an enormous amount of snark, it was interesting. Over time, Bourdain has become more snide and unbearably more egocentric and egoistic. Some of his fans drool in adoration:
I’m not telling the whole truth. Yes, I reached out to Bourdain because I’m a journalist and journalists reach out to people for comment, but I also got in touch for my own reasons. Spend any time in contemplation of the astronomical map of food-world celebrities, and it becomes clear that Bourdain is not actually a star — he is a nebula. His fame is almost incomprehensibly vast, his brightness — or sometimes, his darkness — defines the very shape of the expanse, he’s so influential and creatively fecund as to regularly birth stars of his own.
Good grief. Bourdain is a celebrity chef with the emphasis on celebrity. He did not become famous for being a chef. I’ve never seen any evidence of his culinary brilliance. He is famous mostly for his first book. Bourdain is sort of the culinary Kim Kardashian but with writing skills. The interviewer then goes on to dwell on the topic that Bourdain’s shows have devolved into- politics. Once again, someone cares what a celebrity thinks about politics, and Bourdain never hesitates to pontificate about his views of the political landscape and his purview is decidedly liberal.
As a liberal, Bourdain is very willing to be critical of others and that includes Donald Trump.
I’m not saying I know the guy personally, not like I’d hug him, but I’m saying that as a New Yorker, we pretty much are neighbors. And my many years of living in his orbit have not left me with a favorable impression, let’s put it that way.
In a tweet Bourdain clarified his refusal to eat in any of Trump’s restaurants.
I am not “boycotting” anything. I choose to not patronize chefs who tacitly support deporting half the people they’ve ever worked with.
Nor will he dine with Trump:
“Absolutely f—ing not,” Bourdain said in an interview with the entertainment site TheWrap.
But he was entirely willing to eat with obama. And he continued to hammer Trump and his crew:
This is the thing that shocks me. All of these guys [working with Trump], they’re like the cast of — they were the bad guys in Animal House, all grown up! Every frat movie, every meathead movie, Porky’s, Meatballs, the jocks versus the nerds, the jocks versus the hippies, any dystopian thriller, every film America’s ever done. These are clearly the bad guys!
“Rex Tillerson” is the most evil name. It’s straight out of DC Comics.
I mean, “Reince Priebus”! And Rudy, I mean he looks like he comes out of Powerpuff Girls. He’s absolutely, slaveringly demonic.
But not before making a perfectly ironic assertion:
But nobody wants to hear some successful Hollywood actor or TV person’s opinion on politics. I certainly don’t. It’s enraging.
“I would have been a shit parent. I’m a very good uncle. The evil uncle who lets them do everything. But a parent? Up until very recently, I could hardly take care of myself.”
He has a daughter via his second marriage.
Bourdain’s climb to the top has included a path stomping on the backs of his fellow TV chef personalities, who are routinely eviscerated on his programs.
On Adam Richman:
“Why did we watch the show?” Bourdain asked the crowd, in reference to “Man vs. Food,” the show in which Richman ate his way across America, gluttonously downing the likes of 5-pound sandwiches. “Admit it. You wanted him to die.”
And about Richman’s show:
“The show confirms their worst suspicions—that Americans are fat, lazy, slothful, [and] wasteful. I know what [the viewer] is thinking, ‘America is a terrible place. I want to join ISIS.’”
On Sandra Lee:
“Pure evil. This frightening Hell Spawn of Kathie Lee and Betty Crocker seems on a mission to kill her fans, one meal at a time. She Must Be Stopped. Her death-dealing can-opening ways will cut a swath of destruction through the world if not contained.”
On Guy Fieri:
“I sort of feel in a heartfelt way for Guy Fieri. I wonder about him. He’s 52-years-old and still rolling around in the flame outfit. What does he do? How does Guy Fieri de-douche?”
Bourdain also referred to Fieri’s Time Square restaurant as a “terror dome, if Ed Hardy f**ked a juggalo.” That had to hurt.
“My wife watches her, I hate to admit it. I think people respond to her because of her personality and not her cooking, which is pretty damned awful. She’s very nice, and I base this on no inside information: She’s big now, like Oprah big; the sooner she stops cooking, the happier we’ll both be.”
“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**king bad for you. Plus, her food sucks.”
Emeril was one of Bourdain’s earliest targets. All the way back in Kitchen Confidential, Tony casually references his “naked contempt for… the cooking of Ewok-like Emeril Lagasse.” He then spent many years bashing Emeril’s numerous shows, and generally giving the guy no respect.
Ridicule and ad hominem constantly fly from his lips and then he utters this:
But I think to mock constantly, as so much of the left has done — to demonize, to ridicule, to treat with abject contempt people who live in a very different America than they live in — is both ugly and counterproductive.
Bourdain fancies himself as above everyone else- the final arbiter of not just food, but of life. He’s awfully critical of food people but who’s actually seen him cook? Not
“When was the last time you saw Anthony Bourdain actually cook anything? I’ve spent 14 years cooking my own food on television and I’ve never seen him cook a meal.”
Bourdain is both a hypocrite and completely full of sh*t. It’s doubtful Donald Trump gives a rip about where Bourdain eats. I know I don’t.