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Anthony Bourdain on FN blog

currymouth Mar 24, 2008 02:49 PM

Check out Bourdain in a seemingly wine fueled interview with Adam Roberts for the FN, had some good things to say about Ina and Jada, the balance was bleeped out.

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    Minger Mar 24, 2008 03:32 PM


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    1. re: Minger
      Phaedrus Mar 24, 2008 04:04 PM

      FN sycophant=Adam Roberts. AB was three sheets to the winds boy. Whoohoo!!!!

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      Budget Palate Mar 24, 2008 04:04 PM

      Bourdain is clearly drunk. But still making sense. Loved it.

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      1. re: Budget Palate
        LindaWhit Mar 24, 2008 06:08 PM

        Oh, what I would give to hear what he said about Sandra Lee at the very end of the extended version. :-)

      2. Miss Needle Mar 24, 2008 06:35 PM

        Hysterical! I was surprised by his eloquence considering how trashed he was.

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          Docsknotinn Mar 25, 2008 07:21 AM

          He even complimented Giada. I really like AB but I hope he gets the drinking under control. Nothing wrong with getting torn off now and again but this clearly was not the right time or place. He was weaving so badly I was thinking the man is going to fall over.
          I did have a good laugh at the explicatives at the end followed by a nice big swig of wine.

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          1. re: Docsknotinn
            Phaedrus Mar 25, 2008 07:23 AM

            I don't know if you can accurately diagnose a drinking problem by looking at a video. He brags about drinking a lot but I think that is part of the bad boy persona he projects.

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              Docsknotinn Mar 25, 2008 07:32 AM

              I'd say when your drunk to the point your looking rather foolish at work or in front of your peers that's a problem. But hey that's just my opinion.

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                southernitalian Mar 25, 2008 07:35 AM

                Where exactly were they? I couldn't really hear. He's so hot.

                1. re: Docsknotinn
                  Phaedrus Mar 25, 2008 08:05 AM

                  I think it was at some kind of food festival or something.

                  People will let loose and relax around their peers, I see nothing wrong with that. Haven't you ever seen people act silly at a party? Its when thisd behavior is de rigeur, then I would worry.

                  1. re: Phaedrus
                    LindaWhit Mar 25, 2008 08:10 AM

                    wasn't it at the Food & Wine festival in South Beach? The interviewer said something about the Golden Clog Awards having just been given out. So perhaps this interview was right after the awards show, as I think AB and Ruhlman were drinking through that. :-)

                    1. re: Phaedrus
                      Docsknotinn Mar 25, 2008 08:14 AM

                      I saw nothing to indicate it was a festival but they were in the kitchen with Mario and other personalities you could hear music though. Acting silly is not the same as being trashed. As I said I really like AB but I hope he gets the drinking under control. Not really the smartest decesion to give an interview when you can't stand up straight and you still have a drink in your hand.

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                        southernitalian Mar 25, 2008 08:27 AM

                        What evidence is there that his drinking is not under control? It looks like it's late in the evening and they're at a festival. So he's had a little too much vino. It's not like he just sat down on Oprah's couch. The microphone was stuck in his face and he spoke into it. He's coherent and funny. I love him dearly and would never call him calculating but he is certainly clever. What better way to get tongues wagging than an occasional tipsy interview? Frankly, I think the same thing of the Howler Girl thread that has been running for weeks. If I were her, I'd post to it every week. As we say in the ad biz, there's no such thing as bad publicity. Ink is ink.

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                          Phaedrus Mar 25, 2008 08:29 AM

                          Well, there is a possibility that he was ambushed. Not saying for sure but, its the end of the day, he's hanging out with his buddies and this tool sticks a microphone in his face...

                          1. re: Phaedrus
                            currymouth Mar 25, 2008 09:07 AM

                            That's what it looks like to me. This Adam Roberts guy seemed so excited and he did say he was finally able to get an interview with Bourdain. I think anthony has been ducking these questions for awhile and was basically cornered then said "F@$K IT" You want an interview? I'll give you an interview.

                            1. re: currymouth
                              Cheflambo Mar 25, 2008 09:41 AM

                              I dont think Adam Roberts is savvy enough to ambush anyone. He's just young and so excited to have a food related job (after going to law school and not becoming a lawyer - his parents must be so proud) that he's like a little puppy when he's in the presence of a big dog like Bourdain.

                            2. re: Phaedrus
                              Docsknotinn Mar 25, 2008 09:55 AM

                              Valid point but it was a rather extended interview for an "ambush".
                              I think he should have smacked the little blog twit in the head if it was........LOL

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                                southernitalian Mar 25, 2008 10:04 AM

                                Can someone please explain who this Adam Roberts is? I watch a LOT of FN and I've never heard of him.

                                1. re: southernitalian
                                  Cheflambo Mar 25, 2008 10:13 AM

                                  Adam started a blog (The Amateur Gourmet) a few years ago and has written a little book of the same name that somehow got published by Bantam. He talks a little too much about his "boyfriend" Craig but the blog, up to this point, has been about restaurants in New York and his youthful attempts at home cooking. Since his law career was self-derailed, and he has finished his MFA from NYU, I guess his parents finally cut the financial apron strings and he recently found himself this FN gig that may just suit him. He's witty, bright and eager, which could take him far. I think he's cute in a little-brother-likes-to-cook sort of way, and I wish him well.

                                  1. re: southernitalian
                                    hilltowner Mar 25, 2008 10:17 AM

                                    Adam Roberts is a nice, goofy guy who writes a blog called The Amatuer Gourmet. It attracted enough attention that he got a book deal out of it a while back. He is a big fan of various Food Network stars, and not long ago, Food Network offered him his own "show" and he was thrilled. From what I understand, he mostly just goes behind the scenes at various Food Network related events. If you check out the blog, you can get more information and you can also see that he is a pretty genuine guy. www.amateurgourmet.com

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                                      southernitalian Mar 25, 2008 10:22 AM

                                      I just skimmed it for a few minutes and I like it. We got off on the wrong foot together, this Adam and I, when he appeared to be ambushing my Tony.

                        2. re: Phaedrus
                          Fuser Jul 29, 2008 12:18 AM

                          Actually he talks about having a drug problem when he was younger in his book and actually admits to not -- at the time of writing -- knowing much about wine because he'd once sold some treasured items on the sidewalk in NYC to get drug money and he was afriad he could get easily hooked on alcohol. In other words, he should be very careful. Once an addict ...

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                        NE_Elaine Mar 25, 2008 10:44 AM

                        A light-weight "journalist" ambushing a 1/2 in the bag target.

                        The interview was precisely the quality of other recent offerings from the Food Network.

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                        1. re: NE_Elaine
                          linguafood Mar 25, 2008 10:49 AM

                          Well. I think you have to give lousy FN at least some credit for posting this on their website.... it's not like AB had *anything* nice to say about his former employers ---

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                            Phaedrus Mar 25, 2008 11:54 AM

                            There is no such thing as bad PR, especially when it comes to Bourdain, since people like him so much.

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                              Minger Mar 25, 2008 03:11 PM

                              There is such a thing as bad PR, and I like him a lot. Reading "Nasty Bits" this weekend made me realize how much he plays up the drinking part. For real or for show, to some people, it is not attractive at all.

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                                Scortch Mar 25, 2008 04:33 PM

                                It may not be anybody's "best" side, but it seems like the man's wits were pretty much about him. he certainly didn't make a fool out of himself À la Joe Namath a few years ago. That's unattractive. The man is at a gathering with culinary friends. Unless he were a teetotaler or in recovery, it would be expected that there would be drinking and the potential for some excess. It's the nature of the beast.

                                I think what he said was much more "controversial" if at all.

                                1. re: Scortch
                                  Minger Mar 25, 2008 04:48 PM

                                  To be fair, I do agree that was caught on tape was largely a private moment -- and maybe it says more about some of the people around him -- acquaintances, orbiters, networks, interviewers, etc etc -- who look to exploit his off-moments for their own benefit.

                                  He behaved perfectly well -- was good natured, honest -- under the influence, and I don't think any less of him. I should be more upset, if at all, at the people who put him on the spot in that state and recorded it for the world to see. The outcome is benign here but such a formula could produce much worse results.

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                                    Docsknotinn Mar 25, 2008 04:52 PM

                                    Solid point but ultimatly Tony is responsible for Tony.

                            2. re: linguafood
                              aelph Mar 25, 2008 12:07 PM

                              yeah...that's the most surprising aspect

                              I'm sure they don't get half the traffic the TV station does, but maybe FN's attempting to spin their own poor reputation by offering footage of AB badmouthing them?

                              As in, "hey, look! we really aren't the draconian, LCD demographics fiends you think we are..."

                              "We're down with the cool kids, too!"


                              I love the comments about Ina Garten's absent husband and creepy friends.

                          2. Passadumkeg Mar 25, 2008 05:24 PM

                            Hei, hei, Kurri Munn! Hvor er det mulig a se pa Scandinavian Cooking? I have read about the show, but being a couple of gammle feis, we have no kable. Is it on line somewhere.
                            Funny, just read a couple of AB books from the libes. Mixed feelings. Started thinking about my son the chef...
                            Er du Paske brun?

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                            1. re: Passadumkeg
                              currymouth Mar 25, 2008 07:06 PM

                              Passa. I know you live in the boonys, but NO cable! I really should not be surprised, my brother in Tonsberg only got a computer this winter so I could e mail my nephews. Bourdain is my favorite, and I would be happy to mail you his Travel Channel shows on dvd. You will get a kick out of his shows.

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                                Passadumkeg Mar 26, 2008 01:16 AM

                                About the only thing we watch are a few PBS programs and Net Flicks. See Kristen Lavrensdatter. Marx was wrong! Television, not religion is the opiate of the masses. Religion has been replaced by professional sports and box stores. Got too much to do and so little time... We are prepping for a trip to Costa Rica to see our wunderlust filled son in April and I begin work as a registered Maine guide, the first of May.
                                Read the book upon which Bourdain's travel show was based. My rich city brother watches it We've been to Les Halles (on a week night). Not earth shaking.
                                I'm afraid I have no chef heroes.
                                We used to stay at a friend's hytte on a very small island near Tonsberg.
                                I've gotta go grade exams.
                                Ole Brun

                                1. re: Passadumkeg
                                  currymouth Mar 26, 2008 08:27 AM

                                  Costa Rica..... Never been but hope to some day. Read the fishing and diving is great but haven't updated my log book in years. give us a update on your CH experiences when you get back.

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                              mhoffman Mar 25, 2008 10:25 PM

                              In a latter blog post, Roberts answers some of the questions that you Hounds have raised. Especially entertaining are the bleeped phrases, which were way funnier that what I had imagined. Here's an excerpt from the blog:


                              "We were at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival (see here) and, as stated in that post, we were on our last day of shooting, at the Mario Batali Jamie Oliver dinner at Danny Devito's restaurant. My director and I, exhausted from all the interviews we'd done, decided we'd just enjoy this dinner and not make it a "work" event. But then, at the end of the meal, I said: "Let's just go into the kitchen to make sure we're not missing anyone" and so he obliged, pushing through the throngs of people (it was a madhouse in there) and once in the kitchen, who should we find but Mario, Jamie, Giada DiLaurentis, Dave Pasternack and, of course, Sir Anthony Bourdain. Earlier on the trip, I'd reached out to Bourdain for an interview and he'd kindly refused and so, respecting that, I kept him out of things when we shot this video with Mario and Jamie. After that, I said to him: "See, I respected your desire not to do this show" and he said, "I appreciate that." It was my director Matthew, though, who said: "Just so you know, we wanted you to come on our show and bash the Food Network... we wanted you to say whatever it is you had to say." At that Bourdain smiled and said, "All right, let's go" putting his arm around me and assenting to the interview you saw linked to in the post below.

                              - As for the bleeped bits, I'm happy to share (and this is from the extended video, which you should watch to see the whole thing in its entirety):
                              * on Next Food Network star: "it's sort of like watching German anal porn, I can't turn away... it's horrifying, but I'm learning something about Germany while I'm watching it."
                              * on Sandra Lee: "She should be taken to Guantanamo and waterboarded."
                              * any final words: "Watch Travel Channel...it's so much better than Food Network."

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                              1. re: mhoffman
                                LindaWhit Mar 26, 2008 06:11 AM

                                Too funny - loved the bleeped bits and how easy it was to get him to agree to the interview once he realized it was OK to say what he wanted re: TFN. :-)

                                1. re: LindaWhit
                                  MMRuth Mar 26, 2008 06:24 AM

                                  I also thought it was interesting that he likes Ina Garten's cooking - as do I - and that she was the first person he mentioned when asked what shows he likes - or at least whose cooking he likes.

                                  1. re: MMRuth
                                    LindaWhit Mar 26, 2008 06:51 AM

                                    Perhaps because she's a "real" person and not fabricated or molded by TFN?

                                    1. re: MMRuth
                                      Scortch Mar 26, 2008 06:59 AM

                                      AB's pretty much always trumpeted his respect for Garten and her sterling ability to remain above (and wholly separate in circle and activity from) the rest of FN pack.

                                      I have to say, in addition, that the revelation of what was bleeped makes FN look all the more ridiculous. They hunger for the "cutting edge" novelty of Bourdain giving them criticism on their own platform while simultaneously censoring, not vulgarity, but the sort of marvelously unique comments that make AB, well, AB!

                                      1. re: Scortch
                                        mdietrich Jul 28, 2008 11:07 PM

                                        word on the street is that AB has begun production on next season's "No Reservations" Series, featuring technical advisor Andy Dick

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