fxramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7027 posts, RR: 93 Posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2628 times:
Host of No Reservations on the Travel Channel; he sounds witty, but they write a hell of a script. Get a drink in him and he turns into a profanity laced idiot most of the time. I enjoy seeing the places he visits but he seems like just another fowl mouthed tv personality with an opinion about everything. I'm not impressed. Thoughts?
doug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3163 posts, RR: 4 Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2615 times:
Same boat. Like the show, hate the guy. It is one of the best travel shows on television I think (although I consider most unwatchable), but he is a like a mash-up of every cliched New Yorker stereotype that I couldn't stand. I did really enjoy watching him flop at the speaking engagement in the New Zealand episode. At least he had a sense of humor and humility about it.
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 18871 posts, RR: 64 Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2579 times:
He's a much better author than TV personality. I read his book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly a few years ago, and it was really entertaining. So much so, I read it a second time a couple of months later, and am thinking about picking up his other books for summertime reading.
Aaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 7646 posts, RR: 28 Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2575 times:
Quoting doug_Or (Reply 2): At least he had a sense of humor and humility about it.
Genuinely a nice buy from what I've heard - catch him at book signings or low key TV interviews and he plainly comes across as a dude who's been around the block and knows how lucky he has been. Probably a real jerk to those closer to him though, as the two divorces will attest
Quoting doug_Or (Reply 2): he is a like a mash-up of every cliched New Yorker stereotype that I couldn't stand
He plays this up to the nth degree because he knows it's what sells. His unabashedly liberal political talking points annoy me though - sometimes it seems he thinks his little guerilla political commentary doesn't register with people but it's really too much of his show script.
I would recommend doing so. A Cook's Tour is particularly enjoyable. He is absolutely in love with food and his descriptions of things in places from Japan to Mexico to Russia are simply top-notch. Some nice anecdotes about rediscovering French food in France with his somewhat estranged brother as well.
If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty
srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 16888 posts, RR: 51 Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2516 times:
Quoting windy95 (Reply 5): Like him and the show. To me the best show on that network.
I can watch episodes all day and I know there's some I've seen at least a dozen times or more.
I've been meaning to start reading his books for a number of years now, just haven't gotten around to them yet.
In some respects, it's a bit funny that the Travel Channel is now majority owned by the company that also owns the Food Network, a network that Tony had a rocky relationship with about a decade ago with his series "A Cook's Tour" (which is where I first because acquainted with him). Over the course of the various seasons of "No Reservations" he's taken a number of potshots at the Food Network (and still does, albeit to a lesser extent), but from what I have read online, there's nobody from the Food Network side meddling in his show.
sw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6072 posts, RR: 10 Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2504 times:
I love the guy. He's very entertaining, and I really think I would get along with him well. As my fiance says - "watching him on a show is like watch you abroad"...go to sometimes odd places, split my meals between street food, questionable offal and upscale $200 pp dinners, drink a bit too much, curse a bit too much, a bit too sarcastic. Not saying him and I are exactly the like, but I could see myself getting along with him if I had the opportunity to hit the road with him.
Quoting fxramper (Thread starter): Get a drink in him and he turns into a profanity laced idiot most of the time.
OA412 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4980 posts, RR: 25 Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2489 times:
I haven't watched the show (or much TV for that matter) in years, but I did enjoy it back when I used to watch it. The guy clearly knows his stuff, and he's certainly not afraid to try anything once. And, given his stance on that annoying bi*** Rachel Ray, the guy has my undying respect.
canoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2657 posts, RR: 12 Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2475 times:
Quoting windy95 (Reply 5): Like him and the show. To me the best show on that network.
Got to say I like Andrew Zimmern's show much more. I like Anthony's show, but early on he came across pretty egotistical. Who wouldn't want to have this guys job? Travel around the world, eat great food for free?
At least Zimmern went to Syria. I give him big props for that. Plus he eats bugs, goes to Mongolia. If Anthony B. had an easier to spell last name I'd talk about him more.
Continental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5476 posts, RR: 21 Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2431 times:
An awesome dude. I enjoyed his books and No Reservations is one of my favorite TV shows. He seems very articulate and intelligent despite nearly destroying himself with so many drugs for so many years.
doug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3163 posts, RR: 4 Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2415 times:
Quoting srbmod (Reply 7): he's taken a number of potshots at the Food Network (and still does, albeit to a lesser extent), but from what I have read online, there's nobody from the Food Network side meddling in his show.
He also takes shots at travel channel folks (Samantha Brown- I'm looking at you [and your vacuous empty eyes are looking at nothing). Pretty much anyone (or anything) his viewers may have seen is made fun of.
exFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9 Reply 18, posted (2 years 2 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2329 times:
On his show he's an obnoxious git...but an entertaining obnoxious git. How much of that is real and how much is played up for the cameras, I have no idea - I suspect it's based on his real personality to a degree, but played up, just as Gordon Ramsay in Hell's Kitchen or the American version of Kitchen Nightmares is much more confrontational and abrasive than he is in the British Kitchen Nightmares or The F Word.
bill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8320 posts, RR: 9 Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2118 times:
A Cooks Tour was far more interesting than No Reservations. No Reservations was good at first, but after a few season it became pretty much the same thing each week in a different location. No Reservations is also a step away from what he's good at. Cooking. When he focuses on food, he's actually quite enjoyable. I recall a show where he is in Spain and is eating and El Bulli and learning how Ferran Adria goes about his scientific approach to gastronomy and some of the creations, even down to the crockery.
I like him. I love the fact that whatever preconceptions he has about a country or a people, which he makes no effort to hide, go out the window once he sits down to eat with them. Also, the fact that he eats and enjoys pretty much everything offered to him shows an openness of mind (and pallet) that most people lack. Even when a Namibian tribe offers him a warthog's rectum grilled in a pit of sand (without, even, any means to wash that sand off the damned thing) he eats it. Not that he enjoyed it, but he still managed to eat it.
And even though he's an accomplished chef, he has zero pretension when it comes to food. A hotdog bought on the street is just as good, as important an experience as a faux strawberry constructed by molecular gastronomist Ferran Adrià (which by the way reminds me of the Spain-episode, where he visits the "Adrià-laboratory", after which he ends up at a barbeque where the main attraction is grilled onions, which he seems to have more appreciation for). The appreciation for both simplicity AND incredible complexity is very impressive, and the contrast makes for good TV.
Hell, just the fact that he seemed to enjoy his visit to Sweden, which in my opinion has one of the most boring food cultures in the world says a lot(the best thing about Swedish food culture IMO is that we quickly and easily embrace other countries' food cultures).
I wish I could be as open to new things as he is. Sure, I try new stuff when I travel, but not to the same extent.
Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
blrsea From India, joined May 2005, 1227 posts, RR: 3 Reply 24, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1915 times:
I prefer "Bizzare food with Andrew Zimmern" and "Man vs Food" compared to "No reservations". Andrew Zimmern seems more natural, and genuinely interested in what he is doing. Anthony somehow seems to be acting most of the time.
25 steeler83: He needs to come to the Steel City! He's gone to Cleveland, Baltimore, and Buffalo of all places, and he gives the Burgh the shaft almost every time!
26 sw733: He needs to man up, I grew up on that stuff! OK, not really...
27 ClassicLover: I read his books, watch the show and think he's very good, to be honest! The show is very good - it's about the food, the culture, and his opinions se
28 stlgph: i've seen him a couple of times - my favorite is how he rips on other celebrity chefs and food presenters - but at the same time -- he's a celebrity f
29 sw733: He travels the world doing what he loves, eating ridiculously amazing food and making huge dollars from it...if that's being a twit, sign me up.
30 EasternSon: I really dig his philosophy of trying to learn about different cultures, but without being a tourist. After traveling quite a bit in foreign countries
31 stlgph: truth be told, he makes far far less on The Travel Channel than what you would think.
32 doug_Or: If she gets such a big budget, why does she have to spend half her damn show on the boutique hotel room she presumably got comped? That is the most (
33 stlgph: Samantha's show gets a lot of freebies, yes, but her shows require a lot of behind the scenes work. It typically takes 8-9 days to tape one episode.
34 N1120A: Huge fan. I love his brutal honesty and fearless nature. I also love the way he tears into Sandra Lee.
35 stlgph: in addition to Samantha Brown, Anthony Bourdain is severely jealous of Sandra Lee. and it shows.
36 N1120A: Samantha Brown is no more a serious traveler than that pile of goo Rick Steves. Of course Bourdain's show is much better. As for Lee, jealous (actual
37 EA CO AS: And she's hot. What Do You Think Of Anthony Bourdain? I think he's an annoying, pretentious douchebag.
38 stlgph: Anthony Bourdain can huff and puff all he wants to about Sandra Lee, but the truth is, she still has the advantage. he tried to come out with a new ni
39 sw733: Guess we have different eyes! Doesn't surprise me, but he still isn't hurting for cash I would imagine. And between the books, the appearances, the s
40 stlgph: it's two fold. The Travel Channel has given him the opportunity to present himself doing what he likes to do. but yes, he does have to go out and mak
41 steeler83: He doesn't bad mouth Pittsburgh, does he? I think he did in one episode when he was looking at "application" videos of potential hosts. Does he have