Monday, August 22, 2011

Bourdain Disses Deen in Food Fight

Chef turned tv celebrity Anthony Bourbain is known for speaking his mind and utilizing a sharp tongue in doing so. Now, it seems, he is vying for attention at the expense of other well-known cooks. He even dared to diss the much beloved Southern cook, Paula Deen.

In an interview in this week’s TV Guide, Bourdain calls Paula Deen “the worst, most dangerous person to America” for her artery-clogging style of cooking.

“She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations, and she’s proud of the fact that her food is f--king bad for you,” Bourdain said of the Food Network star, who is famous for her butter-heavy recipes.

“I would think twice before telling an already obese nation that it is OK to eat food that is killing us,” Bourdain said of Deen and her kitchen creations.

“Plus, her food sucks.

Keep it classy, Tony. What a jerk.

Bourdain is a big time liberal elitist. I confess to having read his first book and I have watched some of his eating adventure shows on the Travel Channel. I pretty much lost any interest in his show, though, after viewing one he did in Lebanon which coincided with the battle that broke out after Israel retaliated for an attack from that country. Bourdain was there with others trying to get out of the country as the violence worsened. It was difficult, as happens, and he began to bellow on camera to the U.S. government and bashing George W. Bush, who was the President at the time. So, yeah, he's just another liberal living la vita loca in a grand way and not taking into consideration his own personal responsibilities.

He's of French heritage, Anthony Bourdain, and is quite the food snob. He's thinks he is better than you, to sum it up. He's a world traveler and enjoys sampling whatever the local cuisine happens to be.

Here's the thing - my husband's work takes him all around the world, too. He, too, enjoys sampling local cuisine. My husband, however, would not impose his tastes on others under the guise that his palate is so much more sophisticated than yours. Maybe it is because he was raised by a Southern mother. Southern women know the difference between acting respectfully and not towards others. I say that as a Southern woman. And, yes, my mother in law is a huge Paula Deen fan, coming for a town not far from Paula's home.

If Bourdain was a perfect person the public fight instigation might be easier to swallow. He's not. He is the first to talk about former addictions and the battles he's fought with them.

Paula Deen responded.

The "evil corporations" reference? What is this, 1969? Deen works with food companies, as other chefs and cooks do for endorsement fees, and works to stock food banks all around the country. So, if that is evil, I say more power to her.

Maybe his show ratings are sagging. He started out on the Food Network just as the others did. He is now paid to travel and eat. His life is pretty darn good, I'd say. Too bad he hasn't learned to be gracious in success.

1 comment:

Beverly said...

I saw her response on Fox the other morning. I don't even know who he is, but I know Paula. I wouldn't make a lot of what she does, but who cares. She's a great lady.