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Feb 9, 2007 01:07 PM

Anthony Bourdain blogs about the Food Network...

Ouch! I couldn't agree more with about 87% of this:

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  1. That's hilarious. Thanks for the heads up!

    1. This is WAY too funny, esp the bit about Batali!!!

      1. Bourdain is funny....always worth reading.

          1. re: choctastic

            I didn't bother reading Bourdain's blog entry, but I had to reply to say I heart this post. I thought I was the only one on Chowhound who hated him. Thank god I'm not alone.

            1. re: charmedgirl

              I imagine half the board has the same opinion of AB as you. I can't be bothered to read AB's blog on this subject either, but he must be desperate to stoop to shooting fish in a barrel.

              1. re: charmedgirl

                Oh, charmedgirl, trust me, you're not alone. I hope he disappears soon...really soon....

              2. re: choctastic

                Actually, I think of Bobby Flay as the smug little prick.

                1. re: Phaedrus

                  hey i didn't say that AB had a monopoly on prickdom.

                  but at least flay doesn't feel the need to constantly bitch about everyone else. bourdain's show on the travel channel is a POS. did you see the L.A show? I could do better than that by randomly searching on citysearch. and yet he has the gall to make nasty remarks about the others. he's just jealous because he's relegated to the travel channel.

                  i'd take flay over bourdain any day.

                  1. re: choctastic

                    Id take Bobby Flay over Bourdain as well.

                    Bourdain is quite full of himself in this article, and on his show which I can watch for only about 2 seconds before he gets clicked off.

                    It must be great to be as perfect as Bourdain thinks he is. Its too bad he stooped to this level, It seems he has issues, or is jealous of other peoples success. Perhaps sour grapes...

                    What a sad, angry little man.

                    1. re: swsidejim

                      I respectfully disagree.

                      I see more of what you all are ascribing to Bourdain from Flay. He really thinks his sh_t doesn't stink. As for Bourdain, I like the fact that he pokes hole in egos , he shows deference to people that he has respect for, when he did the show from the French Laundry or when he did the film about El Bulli, he was almost reverential. So, no, he isn't an ass all the time, contrary to Flay.

                      1. re: Phaedrus

                        Flay has a brusque manner that doesn’t look good on camera. He’s certainly not a gracious winner, as we saw in Iron Chef. However, as you mentioned, he’s evenhanded about his jackassedness, so I’m not convinced he can help it. Intent is everything.

                        Yes, Bourdain is deferential, obsequious even, to the personalities that he has decided are Cool. Mario is Cool. Thomas Keller is Cool. He fails to mention that Mario was also Boring and his sidekick was Unwatchable. It’s difficult to be entertaining, much less entertaining AND educational. Bourdain should know this since his show “No Reservations” is neither. Perhaps that’s why he has so much time on his hands these days…

                        Bourdain is essentially the foodie’s Howard Stern. While claiming to offer honest opinions, notice his opinions never stray from those constantly repeated on chowhound. He knows his audience. Every pathetic foodie wannabe who doesn’t have a blog, or for that matter much of a life, can feel better about themselves by reading Bourdain trash these personalities with all the authority that he can muster from his second rate culinary background. Throw in some pop culture references and there’s the recipe that has foodie groupies throwing their underwear (and themselves) at him.

                        Also, notice how Bourdain rarely says anything good about women other than to say something about their rack? When he grudgingly says something good about a female chef it’s usually along the lines of, “I can’t believe a GIRL did that”. Flay seemed to treat his girlfriend pretty decently on his show and I don’t recall him ever mentioning anyone’s rack.

                        1. re: choctastic

                          I haven't seen Bourdain be sexist. Doesn't seem to me that he cares whether a man or a woman's doing the cooking, so long as it's good or interesting.

                          In his comments on the Top Chef 2 contestants, he gave Elia a lot more respect than he did some of the guys.

                      2. re: swsidejim

                        Bourdain is hilarious, and he is dead-on with every word he wrote. And he is very far from taking himself seriously, as anyone who watches his show can attest. And I doubt he's angry of anybody's success, seeing as he is so very successful himself. Frankly, I'm not sure if we're talking about the same person?

                        In point of fact, he's very tall, and not at all sad. Angry, perhaps, but no more so than many, many others who lament the dumbing-down of American culture which Food Network is coming to so perfectly represent.

                        1. re: uptown jimmy

                          food network is what it is, I watch for entertainment value, thats it, I have paid my dues in kitchens for years, and most things I find on their are remedial in nature.

                          My reference to "little Bourdain" has nothing to do with height, but class.

                          to each their own.

                          Anyone who gets "angry" over Food Network is pretty pathetic in my world, its mass media tv, what do you expect...

                          With all of the above said, Im not going to argue the merits of Food Network, or debate who is the bigger bully. I just think those who think Bourdain is a "genius" for saying the things that we all think about certain folks on FN are kind of silly. It seems to me these folks are the same people who would take to task the bully who picks on the class nerd, or the weakling,. Isnt this what Mr. Bourdain is doing.?? They are all tv personalities, the real chefs are those who are not on tv, and work in the kitchens night in and night out.


                          1. re: swsidejim

                            Thanks for clarifying the "height vs. class" thing. I never would have gotten that without help. No, irony is quite beyond me, and I would never post anything dry or even mildly witty.

                            It is perfectly reasonable to lament the abrupt and precipitous downfall of a former favorite TV network. It's a channel that drew many of us to a higher understanding of food, simply said, and it is falling down a deep, deep well of mediocrity and silliness. For what it's worth, it's inappropriate to take disappointed former FN fans to task for feeling passionate about it, with all due respect.

                            Relax. Bourdain is harmless. And funny. And dead-on in almost everything he says, IMO.

                            1. re: uptown jimmy

                              you're entitled to your opinion but i hope you understand that others may disagree with you for many reasons. bourdain is your cup of tea, great. he is not mine.

                            2. re: swsidejim

                              You're the only person who has used the word "genius" in this topic.

                              He's got a talent for making some people laugh.

                              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                I'm always surprised about the dislike of Flay. I never see this "prick" attitude everyone speaks of. His new show where he tries to outdo someone elses specialty by surprising them is quite entertaining. It seems like the people are always fine with the twist (they think its a special just about them), they always say how nice he is.He loses A LOT, with great dignity and no attitude. He seems like a regular joe who busted his butt to make a name for himself, and is proud. Why wouldn't he be?

                      3. re: Phaedrus

                        He is a no it all in my opinion, but does not know it all. I think the Trowdown show shows his vulnerable side. Not to mention he is always picked in Iron Chef to prove him wrong.

                        Bordain is Pompass. Im sure what ever he has to say about Food Network is typical Bordain. These chefs are just trying to get a rise out of everyone.

                    2. I didn't find his blog to be the least bit funny. It's 100% accurate and sums just how far FN has devolved in the last few sesons.