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What Do You Think Of Anthony Bourdain?  
User currently offlinefxramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7298 posts, RR: 85
Posted (3 years 6 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3374 times:
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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?


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User currently offlineSpeedbird741 From Portugal, joined Aug 2008, 654 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3363 times:

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User currently offlinedoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3408 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3361 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.


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20640 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3325 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.


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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8153 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3321 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.

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 3):
picking up his other books for summertime reading.

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.



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User currently offlinewindy95 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 2727 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (3 years 6 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3313 times:

Like him and the show. To me the best show on that network.


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20640 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (3 years 6 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3297 times:

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 4):
Some nice anecdotes about rediscovering French food in France with his somewhat estranged brother as well.

What I liked the most about Kitchen Confidential was his character and situation development, that I found totally absorbing. I hope it continues in his other books.



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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3262 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.


User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6324 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (3 years 6 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3250 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.

Yup, definitely me  


User currently offline2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 8525 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (3 years 6 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3247 times:

This show is the only reason why I have the Travel Channel on my "line up" list, "No Reservations" is one of my favorite shows on TV.


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User currently offlineOA412 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 5276 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (3 years 6 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3235 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.  


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User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2839 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (3 years 6 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3221 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.



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User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7175 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (3 years 6 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3218 times:

I do not like some of his view points but he knows what he is talking about with food. Love the show. Watch it all the time and he does a good job in it. Overall I like him.

Also he has the BEST job in the world.



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User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5517 posts, RR: 17
Reply 13, posted (3 years 6 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3177 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.

User currently offlinedoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3408 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (3 years 6 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3161 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.



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User currently offlinefxramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7298 posts, RR: 85
Reply 15, posted (3 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3106 times:
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Quoting doug_Or (Reply 2):
he is a like a mash-up of every cliched New Yorker stereotype

  

Quoting sw733 (Reply 8):
Yup, definitely me

He just tries to hard on his show. He's like a completely different person on Top Chef.   


User currently offlinejfk69 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (3 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3096 times:

He is a chef. He is an arrogant person, they seem to go hand in hand.


I like the earlier episodes much better than the newer stuff as the later episodes (until this season which is better than the previous 2) tend to be more artsy then travel/ food show.


User currently offlineP3Orion From United States of America, joined May 2006, 544 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (3 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3092 times:

It seems like he would be fun to hang around. But, when things go "south" with the locals, while he is high tailing it out of the situation he created; you would be the one with the black eye.


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User currently offlineexFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (3 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3075 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.

User currently offlinebill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2864 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.

User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17508 posts, RR: 45
Reply 20, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2822 times:

He has by far the most watchable travel show. I even watch it sometimes.

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 11):
At least Zimmern went to Syria.

Bourdain was in Lebanon when Israel/Hizbullah made it rain 
Quoting OA412 (Reply 10):
And, given his stance on that annoying bi*** Rachel Ray, the guy has my undying respect.

I really don't understand the animosity toward RR. I don't watch her but she's probably gotten more people interested in food, and in celebrity chefs including AB, than all of the others combined.

Quoting jfk69 (Reply 16):
He is a chef. He is an arrogant person, they seem to go hand in hand.

That was pretty much the thesis of Kitchen Confidential.

Quoting bill142 (Reply 19):
I recall a show where he is in Spain and is eating and El Bulli and learning how Ferran Adria

I think he was initially pretty anti Adria. Molecular gastronomy is my Rachel Ray.



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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16870 posts, RR: 51
Reply 21, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2820 times:

Big fan of the show, especially the humor and Bourdain's dry delivery.


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User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3771 posts, RR: 13
Reply 22, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2804 times:

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 20):
Bourdain was in Lebanon when Israel/Hizbullah made it rain

And the show got an Emmy nomination for it, IIRC.

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.

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User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2705 times:

Quoting fxramper (Thread starter):
Get a drink in him and he turns into a profanity laced idiot most of the time.


You can say that about a lot of people.


User currently offlineblrsea From India, joined May 2005, 1423 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2661 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 Post contains images 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 Post contains links 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 Post contains images 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 Post contains images 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
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