TV.com lunches with Anthony Bourdain

Tony Bourdain loves food.

"Oh this is good," the caustic cook murmered as he bit into his Vietnamese pork sandwich. "This is real food."

The chef and best-selling author of Kitchen Confidential and The Nasty Bits sat down for lunch with TV.com last week. Mr. Bourdain, who nominally calls New York his home--he is on the road most of the year filming his Travel Channel show, Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations--was in San Francisco to support How I Learned to Cook, a new anthology he contributed to.

He was in his usual cheerfully cranky form. When asked about TV titan and Food Network star Rachael Ray, he answered with delicate finesse.

"She's a bobblehead," he quipped. "I think she is doing a disservice to humanity."

When asked about the worst thing he had ever eaten, the man who has snarfed down chicken anuses, suckled on seal eyeballs, and famously eaten the beating heart of a cobra snake, had a ready answer.

"It was when I was with the bushmen of the Kalihari," he remembered. "They cooked a wild boar and gave me the innards. Every bite was sand, s***, and fur."

Check out TV.com's video interview!

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Rachael Rae is like she said...she cooks she is not a chef. At least she is Honest and not trying to claim she is anything more. That's why I like her. Humanity Needs that honesty!
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...What gives him the superiority to call Rachael Ray a bobblehead? I'd rather hang with Rach and eat and drink what she cooks, than the slop I always catch Bourdain eating. --------------------------------------------------



Um, the fact that:



- He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.

- Ran his own bistro in New York.

- Friends and peers with some of the top chefs in America and the world including Scott Byron, and Eric Rippert

- Travels the world to experience every type of food and ingredient yet has an appreciation for tradition which is what REAL cutting edge chefs and gourmands should do. First don't believe the limits of food begins and ends with so-called, Iron Chef, overrated Bobby Flay cooking a burger on the grill and then topping it with Indian chutney. Second, please don't refer to what Bourdain eats as "slop" just because you don't appreciate it. That just shows ignorance. Not to mention he is not a food snob. He is quoted as saying, "a good hot dog is a thing of beauty".



Anthony Bourdain's frankness, and sarcastic and abrasive way of talking is not to everyone's taste. He is a traditional "New-Yawker" who speaks his mind unapologetically.



I like Rachael Ray but I see his point. He feels Rachael Ray is dangerous because the average dolt watching TV will confuse her food as all that life has to offer. Bourdain wants people to open their eyes more to all types of food he world has to offer. You referring to some foods as "slop" shows how narrow minded our "Hamburger Helper" culture is.



I once saw an episode of 30-Minute Meals where Rachael Ray took a store bought sponge cake out of cellophane wrapping, top it with instant vanilla pudding, and then top it with whip cream out of a can...don't you think Bourdain has a point?
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I love Tony Bourdain and his show! It's a geography lesson and educational about other cultures! As for RR, she's a loud mouth that cooks fatty, unhealthy meals!
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I like his tv show.
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He is a very blunt person. He tells it like it is (his opinion anyway). I don't hate him or anything but I would feel extremely uncomfortable meeting him or spending any time with him. He's what they call "a little rough around the edges" and then some...
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ha bourdain is far from the jackass of food, more like the hunter s thompson. if you can't see RR for what she is, you are an idiot.
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FINALLY, an honest person on television. What more could America ask for? And the RR comment - right on!
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This guy is a moron and really has no business on the air. I had started a online petition earlier this year to get this guy yanked from the Travel channel and had nearly 500 people sign it.
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Really? I think this guy is a moron. Steve-O is to MTV as Bourdain is to the Food Network. What gives him the superiority to call Rachael Ray a bobblehead? I'd rather hang with Rach and eat and drink what she cooks, than the slop I always catch Bourdain eating. Bottom line... guy seems like a "Jackass" wannabe jerk.
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I'm so jealous! Love Bourdain, love the interview. Finally somebody is interviewing a person worth talking to. Keep up the good work!
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bourdain is cool.
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great interview! you guys should have more of them!
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