Is Anthony Bourdain A Sellout?

Over at BlogCritics Magazine, Holly Hughes is questioning whether Anthony Bourdain has sold out:

In case you haven’t noticed, however, we live in a media age, and I can’t blame Anthony Bourdain for selling out as soon as TV came a-calling. It’s not like he was a Nobel Prize-winning poet, anyway – he was just a chef, folks, and not a particularly distinguished one at that. At least his first foray into the televisual realm was on the Food Network: the 12-part A Cook’s Tour, which played off on his willingness to eat gross local specialties from around the globe. Fair enough, and he did write a very entertaining book to go with it.

I dismiss the idea honestly. What is “selling out” anyway? Is it becoming popular? If so, it’s a bit ironic – and more than a bit hypocritical – that each and every one of us aspires to success and perhaps a bit of infamy in our line of work; yet when someone else accomplishes the same goals, we trash them for “selling out”.

Yes, on rare occassions, Bourdain’s taped doing things that he admits he’d rather not do (dancing, riding a bicycle through the bustling streets of Buenos Aires, etc.), but these are clearly the exceptions rather than the rule.

Simply having a television show is not selling out. Sacrificing who you are and what you’re willing to do for money is and I don’t believe Tony’s done either of these things. He’s still the same crass, rough around the edges, traveling foodie who’s unwilling to pull any punches. Have you heard how many times Bourdain swears and yells on his show? It’s not as though he’s sanitizing No Reservations content for family-hour cable television.

Says Holly:

Luckily, the visual style of these Travel Channel shows has found an equivalent to Bourdain’s prose. The handheld camera, the quick-cut editing, the ambient soundtrack, put us right in the thick of his culinary adventures. Bourdain’s voice-overs are astringent, self-mocking, wry – a perfect antidote to the gushing prose usually found in travel documentaries.

You mean the kind of gushing prose found in travel documentaries of … sellouts? No Reservations is the antithesis of same. You can’t have it both ways.

Comments

148 Responses to “Is Anthony Bourdain A Sellout?”

  1. Casey Furlong on September 3rd, 2007 6:33 pm

    Is there any way to send a note to Tony that he’ll acutally get or read?

  2. Bonnie Bingaman on January 9th, 2008 9:18 pm

    I love all Anthony Bourdain’s show’s, please keep him on forever. I encourage everyone I know to watch him. He just seems so original,plus he is a man not a sissy. I’ll stop there!

  3. adam glisson on January 15th, 2008 8:21 pm

    I need to get in touch with anthony’s agent or himself to discuss some ideas about possible employement issues if i could get an e-mail or a number of someone who could help me in this matter please e-mail me at adam4music21@yahoo.com

  4. Jill on January 28th, 2008 1:32 am

    I know he has had “things” to say about Emeril(ya he looks like an ewok)But food net cancelling him and leaving a bunch of bimbos doesn’t seem right

  5. Jill on January 28th, 2008 1:33 am

    PS bought the book loved it!

  6. Eric Ibert on February 9th, 2008 3:17 pm

    I cannot comment on Mr. Bourdain as regards being a sell-out or much of anything else. I have noted he can be a bit of a curmudgeon and a strong cynical streak. So I was very surprised by the piece I just watched on New Orleans.

    I am a native of New Orleans. I found his telecast on our city to be very sensitive and touching. It brought my emotions to the surface and I found myself crying in response to the presentation. The release was apparently much needed and I wanted to thank Mr. Bourdain for this. Our City is recovering and we depend on playing host to the rest of the world to keep our city running. I believe Mr. Bourdain’s contribution to positive press for us will go a long way to help us recover and soar to new heights.

    Thanks,

    Eric Ibert

  7. Lisa Clark on March 11th, 2008 3:58 pm

    Watched Anthony working on the line last night. What a f*cking nightmare! I have to say that because of that episode, I will dine in a more appreciative manner. It is unreal the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes. I was completely impressed with every person working 300% to get those meals out to well….us. It was like watching an erratic ballet if you will of latinos. I loved it!! I appreciate it when the hardworking people behind the curtains are finally given a beam of limelight.Thank you Anthony for showing us what it takes to get our meals presented to us hot and cooked to perfection. Never have I seen or realized the intense process and before last night, I really didn’t care. It was an amazing sight and I wish that more of these “chefs” would go behind the scenes of their onscreen kitchens and show us just how much work and preparation goes on before and during the show. I’m disgusted with most of them out there. I think that there is a lack of acknowledgement or perhaps they are afraid of someone stealing their thunder…..who knows. I just wanted to say that I enjoyed watching you freak out under pressure and I have to admit that there was a tiny part of me that wanted to see you “choke”. Call it human nature I guess :) Thanks again for keeping us aware of just what goes on in millions of restaurants around the world time and time again. Thank you for showing us that our meals aren’t just perfect by accident. Great job by the way under pressure, you totally kept your ass up with those “kids” and I for one congratulate you. How drunk did you get afterwards???

    Thanks Again,

    Lisa Oroz Clark

  8. Jake Lewis on March 26th, 2008 8:05 pm

    Tony Tony Tony, how does it feel to be sitting at the same table with Rocco, whats the deal man? What did the bravo network have to do to get your to do that episode. i guess money makes you do strange things. Maybe you should go back and read your own books, or some Freeling, or Zola. screw the celebrity and fame dude, your better than that. Cook free or die!

  9. Kathy Klein-Jirak on April 6th, 2008 1:05 pm

    Tony is not a sellout. With that, I would like to invite Tony and crew to Sarasota, Florida. Sarasota has the most registered charities than any other county in the country. (Which means lots of parties!!!) Please have someone concact from Tony’s crew.

  10. jason on April 18th, 2008 5:34 pm

    you know as a sell out. we all sell out. I used to be a chef but i dont think being almost 31 that if i went back i be able to handle the line or wanted to. I want to be in charge making menu’s, bangin waitresses & customers. ALl the stuff i watched my executive chefs do when they wold take credit for the food the line staff would either create or make. So i say go on with your bad self. I love your take you show more of the working class & not all the glitz & glamor

  11. enrique martinez on April 25th, 2008 12:37 am

    Anthony Thank you, for everything
    rem

  12. aaron mcdowell on May 1st, 2008 1:33 am

    live of the drunken sous chef i got a boook ideaits deep

  13. Karg on May 7th, 2008 5:23 pm

    I saw the meat picture….. I don’t know what to say. Sellout.

  14. Ana Garcia on May 15th, 2008 2:03 pm

    Hi Anthony, I like you so much, you are very smart and I think you are very cute… I love see you in a kitchen. Sorry, if is something wrong with my message, I’m lerning english now. Bye

  15. Paul on May 20th, 2008 4:06 am

    As a writer myself, I owe a lot to Anthony Bourdain. His writing and videos have opened an entirely different perspective to me and has helped mould me to be a better writer.

    And yeah, I managed to interview Michael Ruhlman thanks to him!

  16. stefen isaac on May 21st, 2008 6:18 pm

    There are SOOO many people content with less adventure in their lives. I have lived more by way of vicariousness through the class and cool that Anthony personifies making friends effortlessly crossing cultural boundaries, all the while enjoying the layer that many travelers take for granted while abroad.

    That layer is the world of food with each of his destinations. I count Anothony as a subtle comedian of sly where he can crack through the surface of things where the typical traveler may not. MANY thanks to him being a chef of great experience and taking it to a level of international acclaim.

    I hope one day to have a beer and something fried with hotsauce with Anothony while conversating music.

  17. Apologetic on October 8th, 2008 8:28 am

    Well I have to say I was angered and very disappointed in chefs Ted Nugent pod cast and even posted on his blog about it. I was trying to write in his style (Snarky) and envisioned him and Ted making fun of war amputees moving too slow in the subway. I was a bit surprised at his mistake. Thats what it was too, making fun of fat people on a food show. What could be more, well dumb. But I must say I feel bad now, I don’t want to loose Mr. Bourdain’s show and it looks like there were many people that felt the same way as I did. I think it hurt people’s feelings but as several die hard fans advised, I got over it .
    Very funny show, and I can imagine how hard it must be to walk that line between controversial and in trouble with the fans . I hope he stays edgy and unconstrained. So Ill let the metaphorical stone in my hand slip quietly to the ground. We have all made mistakes, I have made my share. I said in that flaming post that he should “get it by now”, well so should I. Pointing out peoples mistakes doesn’t suit me at all. Its a testimony to Mr. Bourdain that I was inspired to respond at all, as I do not blog usually. At least he gets people interested. Anyway, I hope he laughed at my post on his blog under the name “Very Disappointed”. I wish him many years of No Reservations. I really do love the show. He writes wonderfully and it would be a loss if this thing changes his show at all. Signed Apologetic

  18. JT on October 14th, 2008 12:25 am

    “Anthony Reserved?”
    My god dude!
    I just watched the episode where you were, or picked Danya from Saudi Arabia for your show. (ugggggh)
    Ive never seen you so reserved. maybe it was because you couldnt drink, hmmmmm, but if so, it sucked big time. I hope you snuck something in to drink. I would have!, damn, this is the first episode i was ever bored to tears and was waiting for you to say fuck it and build your own still or bring over a sandrail from the US with a chevy 454 to show those people what a real thrill in the sand would be, especially with fuel under a buck a gallon..lol. but no, you ate a young camel- jesus
    This episode really bugged me, you picked a total white, perfect english speaking non native woman to take you to kentucky fried chicken?. holy crap, This wasnt you man.
    Anyway, done with my ranting,
    I’ll still watch “Anthony reserved!”
    but, hey! if you ever want to go to a foriegn country, eat, drink, smoke and have a good time, i’m your man…..:)

    gonna watch andrew now, that little wierd fat fuck…..:)
    I wish you good eats and putang….:)
    J.T.

  19. Mick on October 25th, 2008 3:02 am

    DUDE… W.T.F… Ted Nugent??? he’s a fascist gun nut, and a no talent right wing TOOL… why the hell would you want to be in the same state with an asshole like that???

    You’re my favorite Chef, on T.V. and elsewhere… but man, I’m having a REAL hard time with this one…

  20. Mark Blei on October 31st, 2008 9:57 pm

    He’s great when he’s not advocating that people encourage their kids to pick on fat kids at school.

  21. Jim on November 23rd, 2008 8:59 pm

    Tony is the man of a great generation and reflects what we care about. Tony will go where I cannot and in some cases will not go. His writings are profound and interesting. He is no sell out. Tony dose an excellent job. In fact he should venture into new areas that tell us more about his experience.

  22. Alí Godoy on November 24th, 2008 3:19 pm

    I’m in New York next year, Where to eat? Brooklyn, Bronx, Flushing, Manhathan.
    Thank Yo by you recocomendations.
    Alí Godoy
    Venezuela.
    P.D. Where to eat pig (The Best)in Bali?

  23. Rick Myers on December 17th, 2008 8:54 pm

    Hello Anthony

    We’re making a benefit event in Portland Oregon in February 09 and I was wondering if you were open to making speaking appearances? Are you available for special events?

    Several years ago I wrote to you after dining at Les Halles. I commented that I was both a deejay & a chef and I included a CD of music along with my letter. Do you remember ever getting that CD?

    We’d love to have you join us in Portland sometime.

  24. ICORP Investigations, Inc. on January 9th, 2009 3:43 am

    His voice is unique because he’s not a kissass/sellout.

  25. Jonathan Greenfield on February 3rd, 2009 12:26 am

    complete fraud

  26. pete on February 23rd, 2009 9:06 pm

    i just watched the show from sweeden, TOTALLY DIG THE STOOGES FUN HOUSE REFERENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. korianne, harley and Xia on February 24th, 2009 6:31 am

    Ya know, just keep doin what you are doin! I come from Montana and Harley is from Chicago (we live in chitown). We learn a shit ton from you. We don’t care where you go, we learn from you. You are a crass, straght MF and we love it. You talk like us, you act like us, keep doing what you do, man!! Who gives a shit but you and the people who care about you. Not to memtion, being from Montana you have opened my eyes to eating things that I would never have even considered. Thank you, there are now places that I want to go that I never would have understood what was goin on. Thanks to you, we want to go there and figure out what to eat, but if it doesn’t kill me I bet it will fuckin rock!!!!

    Thanks again and thanks for all the insight!

    Korianne and Harley

    P.S. Uraguay is a definate must!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Mitchcook on February 26th, 2009 2:19 pm

    Sellout? I don’t think so. I respect the fact that you don’t go to the mainstream places, have avoided visiting the Pyramids with the tour busses, and are too shy to dance in front of others.
    Now, Rachel Ray is a ‘sellout’, as repeatedly referenced.
    Emeril? Still a favorite, but getting a bit long in the tooth, and too compartmentalized. One of his books is enough.

    The only thing I slightly dislike about your commentary and interaction is the fawning attitude about one culture or another. I appreciate respect, and I know its place.
    In one country you have a popular dish and claim it to be the best ever. Yet, one country east or west, it’s the same comment. Perhaps there can be two best bone soups? Yeah, I’m a marrow junkie, too. (My mom taught me that the marrow from a braised beef shank was the best condiment on Earth).

    Not to be puritanical, but I’m glad that you quit smoking, and I wish you’d stop glorifying so much alcohol consumption. It appears forced on some shows, yet obligatory and even voracious on others. I realize that it’s an ‘adult’ show, but despite the disclaimer—lay off the shots of rocket fuel on camera!

    I hope for many more seasons, and better health to you.

    P.S. Please come to New Haven, CT—Home of Yale U. and many, many good ethnic eateries, as well as the Sunday morning farmer’s market (once a flea market) on the south end of town.
    One among many notables: Louis’ Lunch (Home of the original cheeseburger–105 years and running), Rudy’s Pub (a Yale staple), and a few Thai and ‘new-veaux’ cuisine joints. There’s also the decades-long debate between Sally’s and Pepe’s pizzerias on the same block (family related, but long disputed).
    I’d love to host you on a tour of the city. I think you’ll find it enjoyable.
    Mitch
    abodemc@mags.net

    Mitchcook

  29. craig thornton on February 28th, 2009 2:13 am

    i say sell the fuck out as soon as possible, whatever selling out means, i guess it means being able to make some coin nowadays.

  30. Greg Shannon on March 6th, 2009 2:47 pm

    Anthony,

    I am in the potato business conducting seminars all over the world called Fry Station Management. I have conducted it in 33 countries translated in seven languages. I think your show is awesome and reminds me of my own travels. I worked with the United States Potato board and the Frymaster and Pitco company as a consultant. I cannot believe anyone would consider ending or cutting back your show. The travel channel will be inundated with calls , emails and letters if that was to happen. I hope in my travels I get to meet you. Your trip to Laos should have been seen by ever American. While it wasn’t as upbeat as your typical offering it was none the less probably one if not the best show you have every done.
    When I travel all over the world I cannot believe how wonderful I am treated. I teach so that gives me a special honor by those countries I visit. Like you I cannot believe the hospitality and the warmth of the people I meet. Safe travels and I will continue to support your great show. Thanks Greg

  31. Darius Molae' on March 15th, 2009 11:45 pm

    Hello there,

    I’d like to suggest a rather unique and interesting location (country/region) for Anthony’s next project. I also do have the means and the network to help with logistics of travel and taping of the show. Could someone please send me his email address or contact info?

    Thank you,

    Darius Molae’

    dmolaee@gmail.com

  32. stikii on March 29th, 2009 10:28 am

    i will say hell no. A.B. is the best food travel show ever..! im watching the Jamaica show now and i want to say right on A.B. i love how u mentioned the unmentionable… keep up the good work & if what u do is selling out then keep on selling..!

    yours truley, stikii Ajesus

  33. Stef Le Batteur on April 13th, 2009 4:31 pm

    Coming all the way from Glasgow to see you July 8 th @ L’Halles. Really hope you will be there. I met you in Border Books, at your book signing. What do you know about meat? I know some chefs in Glasgow that have met you and recommend that a slap up meal in NY for my 40 th would be just the ticket. Kitchen Confidential made me the chef I am today & your taste in music is similar to mine. What do you think of Sonic Youth? Fun House is my farvourite LP also. But what do you think of Iggy doing Insurance Commercials? (is this just in Britain)He is a sell out not you. Cant wait to taste Le Halles food. What would you reccomend? (steak frites?) If your coming back to Glasgow come to Firebird, my restaurant. Kick out the jams mother fuckcer. Respect to you

    Stef Le Batteur (The Chef of Death)+ drummer in Stiletoe 13 xxxx

  34. PaulJ on June 9th, 2009 1:50 pm

    Keep being you Anthony! By the way San Antonio,TX is a great city that no travel show wants to touch on! We’ve got more culturally diverse food and people in the south! Check us out

  35. Randy on June 12th, 2009 11:37 am

    In case you haven’t noticed, however, we live in a media age, and I can’t blame Holly Hughes for selling out as soon as BlogCritic came a-calling. It’s not like she had any discernable talent, anyway – she was just a food critic, folks, and not a particularly distinguished one at that. At least her first foray into the textual realm was a complilation of other peoples work, which played off on her ability to…well…publish other peoples work. Fair enough, and she did write some other very entertaining books to go with it.

  36. Michael Lipman on July 8th, 2009 12:15 pm

    Bourdain has made me wake up and realize that I have been eating the same food at the same restaurants for years, and not trying new stuff. After reading his books and watching his shows, I try to make a point of trying new things. There’s a whole world of good food out there… I also cannot eat some meals without chuckling to myself about Tony’s comments regarding vinaigrettes, brunches, well done meats, and so on… And finally, I am am in awe of the people who are in the brutally difficult profession of cooking.

  37. Connor Ferster on July 14th, 2009 12:23 pm

    Selling out…?

    What would he be selling and to whom would he be selling it???

    “Selling out” is such a stupid phrase.

  38. Jared Lowry on July 29th, 2009 9:22 am

    Why the fuck would u ever use sellout and anthony bourdain in the same sentence. Selling out would be him having a how to cooking show on the food-network. I dont see anyone else torturing their stomach to make millions happy well okay Andrew Zimmern he’s interesting he just sticks out so much. Read Kitchen Confidential then if you still feel like you can call him a sellout but ill call you a douche-bag for the rest of your life.

  39. Jay on August 10th, 2009 8:15 pm

    Whatever you want to call it, this is a great show and Tony is one cool personality. There is a lot of crap TV out there and thankfully, this show is not on that list.

    Thanks for some wonderful entertainment.

  40. gustavo on August 13th, 2009 9:26 am

    hello, I have a 51? you have the same age, just like your trip, and I am a chef, but I laughed so much in the series as you did in Greece where they started looking bad ass and speaking not only of food but of clothing from the Greeks know jajajajajajaja !!!!!, Greece and work? you with them. I do not miss any of the film you do when you come to argentina avisame, I will show the other side of my country, a big hug!, so that stopped smoking!, gustavo-e-mail: mi . millon@hotmail.com

  41. bc on August 24th, 2009 12:42 am

    As a transplanted Jersey Boy (exit 117) out here on the left coast for some 30 years I wanted to comment on your recent show about SF and Oakland. First, I’m glad you made it across the bay and headed straight for the taco trucks. Very impressive for an out of towner. My wife teaches 2nd grade and one of her former student’s, Flaviano Soriano’s, family owns one of the best trucks on Fruitvale, El Michoacan. We make frequent visits and they always make it difficult for La Maestra to pay (but we do).

    But too bad you got so hung up with the “political correctness” canard in SF. You must have mentioned it at least 5 or 6 times. You won’t find too many places more open to new ideas than the Bay Area. That is a long tradition dating back to the Gold Rush and the Barbary Coast. How do you think all the new ideas about food (not to mention music, technology, gay rights and on and on) got started here in the first place. Where do you think has more acceptance and political freedom, the so called libertarian heartland or the Bay Area? This is such a myth propagated by the right and it’s unfortunate to hear it blindly repeated. So if I ever hear you talk about SF and political correctness again, I’m going to get the local Thought Police to beat the tartare out of you.

    While I’m at it, I really loved your season 5 show about Mexico and that’s what got me hooked. We go to Mexico as frequently as possible and I can’t wait to check out your spots in Mexico City. If you ever get there, be sure to check out Alchemista on the north end of Mazunte beach on the Oaxaca coast and the Especialidad de la Casa at Rincon Del Mar in Puerto Angel (apparently a hangout of Jack Kerouac). I’ll be glad to accompany you there any time. We’d have a blast.

  42. Mark on September 24th, 2009 8:36 pm

    Well when Bourdain has someone else posting responses to shit on his website, it makes you wonder…maybe if he wrote something himself???

  43. Capt Chuck on December 16th, 2009 2:27 pm

    Jeez people…get a life. Anthony has one, is that perhaps why your pissed? No life?

  44. Capt Chuck on December 16th, 2009 2:31 pm

    As a 100% disabled vet and the fact Im getting old, I can no longer travel as much as I used to. I enjoy the fact that I can watch Anthony travel the way I used to. I love it! He eats the way I do and asks the questions I do. The idea is to have fun and enjoy..Most people just stay in aq hotel and do the typical tourist gig. His show is a gas….with a bit of smoke…Love it!!!!

  45. terrie coffey on January 2nd, 2010 6:42 pm

    luv your show and look forward to the new season, cant wait..

  46. doesn't matter on January 9th, 2010 11:50 pm

    Went to your show in Lowell MA 1/8/2010. Stick to TV buddy… We walked out 30 minutes after the start; Let me tell you we were not alone! And you know it! First your AV was terrible, second, what I could hear was terrible material and third I was embarrassed (and this is no lie) when the line of people asking for their money back got so unruly that the police had to get involved. As a fellow Chef I wanted to take money from my own pocket to pay the people back. You’re a fake has been line cook that just got lucky, But that’s ok, you’re getting paid! Sleep tight Anthony

  47. Greg Shannon on January 11th, 2010 10:00 am

    Tony,
    I hope to have my new fresh fry patent completed shortly. I can’t wait to teach you the very best way to prepare fresh cut french fries. Believe me this is something you have never seen and yet produces fries that are in a word to capture a Tony phrase ” Heavenly”. Looking forward to your new series and if you don’t win an emmy there will be hell to pay. Trust me, I don’t know why but I consider you an authority on fresh fries GO FIGURE! tELL ZAMIR OUR FIELDS AND STORAGES ARE AWAITING HIS VISIT. I WANT A PICTURE OF HIM CASCADING DOWN AN 18FT HIGH POTATO MOUND HOLDING A PERFECTLY ICE COLD MARTINEE. wOULD THAT MAKE GOOD TELIVISION OR WHAT. bY THE WAY tONY HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A POTATO STORAGE THE SIZE OF A FOOTBALL FIELD WITH SPUDS iDAHO SPUDS THE BEST IN THE WORLD 18 FT HIGH. bELIEVE ME IT’S A SIGHT MANY PEOPLE HAVE NEVER SEEN AND YET THEY EAT THOSE FRIES EVERY DAY. tHERE IS MUCH MORE TO KNOW ABOUT FRENCH FRIES THAN THAT THEY POUR OUT OF THE BAG. i AM AFFECTIONATLEY KNOWN AS mR pOTATOHEAD

  48. Mike on January 19th, 2010 1:06 pm

    I am a Tony fan from back in the day (i.e. cooks tour 1st book etc.) “GOOD TONY” is:
    #1 Counter culture hold out.
    #2 No b.s. food critic
    #3 Mordent Whit – Superb wordsmith and storyteller.

    “BAD TONY” is an icon who has agreed to shill for one of the most corrupt, unprincipled, morally bankrupt lending institutions the world has ever known.

    Can any one say economic collapse of the banking system circa 2008? Chase/CitiGroup played a major roll in this cataclysmic event.

    For Tony to sell out to these corporate jackals is truly mind numbingly sad.

    Perhaps Tony will reconsider his position in this matter and return from the dark side.

    As a staunch admirer of free thinkers and Tony was one of the greats. We can only hope so.

  49. Erin on January 19th, 2010 8:04 pm

    As of 10:41, January 18th 2010, YES. He is now a sell out.

  50. molly on January 20th, 2010 3:17 pm

    I was extremely disappointed to see a blatant plug for Chase Sapphire credit cards during the Turkey episode. This is the definition of “sellout.” I am hoping the show hasn’t jumped the shark, Tony.

  51. Major on January 24th, 2010 10:51 am

    Tony, I enjoy your format and the the more congenial way you enjoy food-not bugs-lol, from all over the world. You trip (rerun) to Laos was interesting, from the government supplied “guide” introducing to that surly self important provincial official and putting you on the spot with that poor injured farmer. I don’t think you were a “sell out”! I just feel you should have edited out the appology. Bon appetit’.

  52. Scott on January 26th, 2010 2:04 am

    I would say at this point Anthony has sold out. That is fine if you didn’t spend 20 years railing against Wolfgang Puck and such. he has become them and worse. Also he tries way to hard to keep up the NY cool. He has become a caricature of himself, becoming those who used to mock. My wife is a high end chef and introduced me to Anthony through Chef confidential loved his honesty and non compromising way. He lost last somewhere about 2 years ago. Maybe being father made him change? children will do that!!

  53. MIKE MCNEILLY on January 29th, 2010 3:28 pm

    sell out ..any one who receives a check is sell out .. anthony just gets bigger checks he still loves food and thats what its all about

  54. young choi on February 2nd, 2010 7:06 am

    Mr. Bourdain,
    I was just watching your Prague episode and I noticed that when you paid for coffee the chase sapphire credit card was on the tv for way too long, really unnecessary to plug your sponsors like that because they play that commercial a million times In your commercial breaks. Anthony selling out say it ain’t so!!!!!!!!!! Still love the show keep up the good work.

  55. John Melton on February 7th, 2010 3:14 pm

    He is a sellout, he is a glorious sellout and good for him.

  56. Matt uROk on February 8th, 2010 6:37 am

    Today I watched Anthony get rolled on (and almost killed) in New Zealand by a quad bike and then later he freaked out (as many would!) in a cave in Jamaica. Trust me, if you had to do stuff like that to keep an audience engaged then maybe you’d give him the respect he deserves as an entertainer. Check out some of the other travel guides if you have insomnia. The only negative I can say about Anthony is that he keeps me watching when I need to go and get some sleep! uROk Anthony – big time!

  57. piglet1350 on February 8th, 2010 7:54 pm

    I was *highly* disappointed to see the blatant plug for Chase Sapphire in the Istanbul episode…however, I long to reach a point in my career that selling out is an option.

  58. sabrina on February 9th, 2010 3:30 pm

    Although I loved your show, I find it very hard to believe that you’ve been to every carribean country except our beautifful Dominican Republic, it’s alsmost as if there were some kind of prejudice. I tell you that i had to stop watching. Where you dumped by a Dominican or something. I just can’t explain why you haven’t gone, you even went to Haiti and they are riht next door! It really is too bad because your missing out on some of the best food you will ever taste and some of the nicest sweetest people you will ever encounter. We were afterall the FIRST of the Americas!!!

  59. Liz on February 10th, 2010 10:56 pm

    Every time I see “sellout” printed it always lacks definition. I think the main reason for this is that when left open to interpretation people will automatically assign it a negative definition. It’s slander without bothering to say something unsavory about someone.

    It’s also almost always said by idiots.

  60. matt yeager on February 11th, 2010 11:00 am

    If you think Anthony is a sell out you area fucking idiot. Maybe you should read his books and see what he has been through. If you have time to worry about Anthony being a sell out maybe you need to pick up a hobby. Show the guy some respect.

  61. Buckwheat on February 20th, 2010 11:15 pm

    If selling out is just about making money, then all of us would willing do so. But when you go against your own principles, and kiss the asses of people you professed to hold in such disdain, then selling out is akin to selling your soul, and that is exactly what Bourdain has done. It started with his lip-locking Emeril’s bunghole in the New Orleans episode. Now, he has joined with the Martha Stewart army to do a radio show with his butt buddy Eric Ripert. WTF? What’s next? A cookbook with Rachel Ray? Or perhaps pictures of Tony getting pegged by Rachel in the kitchen of Les Halles?

    I have lost all respect for this ass clown. I liked Kitchen Confidential, but all the rest of his books are marginal, at best. No Reservations has become just a rehash of the last episode in a new location.

    This is a lot like what happened to Dennis Leary. In the beginning, Dennis was angry, and hilarious. But, as he admits, as the money started to roll in, he lost his anger, and his comic genius. It’s complacency, plain and simple. I’ve made it, why should I try any more? Same thing with Bourdain. He has lost his edge, which is excusable by itself. But associating with those he bashed on the way up, he has become one of them, just another corporate clown to be laughed at and mocked. Kudos to him for making it big, but fuck him for becoming just another corporate asshole.

  62. Buckwheat on February 20th, 2010 11:36 pm

    For all you other ass clowns out there…. Bourdain was never a great chef. He is a fucking schoolboy chef (anyone who ever worked with one of these assholes knows what I am talking about). They come out of culinary school thinking they know everything, but cant cook their way out of a wet paper sack. Bourdain ran Les Halles, a brasserie (the french equivalent of a coffee shop). The kind of place that has 300+ menu items, too many items to do any one of them well. The guy was never a respected chef. Have you ever seen him cook anything original? The times he has cooked, it’s some “classic” french crap (meaning something he got out of Larousse). He’s all hype. He cant cook, and probably never could. Menus created from cookbooks. Sure, he knows kitchen lingo, and enjoys good food, but if you spend enough time reading Gourmet magazine, you too will know all the big words that he does. His so-called chef friends that he visits are paid to be with him, and did not know him at all before the shoot. The shows fixer calls up some local talent wherever they are going to shoot, asks is they can be bribed into hanging out with him for an afternoon and then claims them as “an old friend”. Its all bullshit. They are glad to get paid for getting some TV time with a “celebrity chef”.

    If your looking for inspiration, find someone who still cooks for a living, not some no talent hack whos biggest talent was expediting on a Friday night from the opposite side of the line, standing with the waitresses and fingering his sore bunghole. There are plenty of great chefs out there, and Mr. Bourdain is not one of them. If you think being a sarcastic asshole makes you a better cook/chef, you are sadly mistaken.

  63. Jeanette on March 1st, 2010 6:50 pm

    I love Anthony Bourdain but I have to say, the sell out moniker may just ring true now that he blatantly features Chase Sapphire credit cards on some of his episodes. Whose idea was that anyway, and why did he go along? I’ve never seen such obvious product placement in a travel/cooking show.

  64. kevin on March 5th, 2010 8:20 pm

    Anthony and crew please come to lunch at our warehouse when you are in Salt Lake City soon. Our chef Franco would love to cook for you. Check out our web page.
    cheers !
    Kevin
    Valley Game & Gourmet

  65. Larry & Javier on March 9th, 2010 3:37 pm

    Anthony,
    Are you up for an authentic basque meal while your in SLC? We want to show you Utah has more to offer than Green Jello and Tuna Caserole. Because of your show we went to Arzaks on our last trip to Euskudia and would like to thank your for that experience and provide you with a SLC experience

  66. The Man Without A Name on April 3rd, 2010 4:28 am

    @Buckwheat: jealousy is not good for your longevity nor anything in life.

  67. Greg Shannon on April 13th, 2010 2:39 am

    Tony,do you have plans to attens the NRA in Chicago May 22 through the 25th. As you know biggest restaurant show in America. I still want to come to New York or Silver Springs Maryland to teach you the very best way to make fresh fries. Honestly,trust me when I say you have never seen this technique before. We could also meet at the Pitco factory in Bow New Hampshire. Really, I would love to show you the science behind it and teach you the very best way to prepare a fresh fry. You pick the cut it makes no difference. You would be in a handful of people that have ever seen this and you will be amazed at the end result. Next time your surfing the net put acrylamide in the adress box. You think nitrates, and trans fats were bad wait until you get a load of what this stuff is doing to our bodies. The big C word comes to mind which is why Govenor Swartzneggar rectly put all french fries on his famous cancer causing food list. What a joke. My system virtually eliminates acrylamides. Look it up and watch what the FDA and USDA will be doing in the not to distance future. Great show buddy, keep them coming. I have eaten in many of the restaurants you have. Espically the one in Cheng Du China. Boy, was that hot chili oil amazing or what. My wife is Korean and her grandmother always said when you eat her Kimichi, if it doesn’t peel the skin off the roof of your mouth it isn’t hot enough. Can you imagine an Irishman that loves Korean food. That’s me. Safe travels buddy and take care. Greg

  68. Tom Ryan on April 13th, 2010 11:49 pm

    Keep it real tony love the show.

  69. Amy Wojcik on April 22nd, 2010 12:25 pm

    hey Tony! Tonight I am going to see you at the Landmark Theater in Syracuse, NY and I can’t wait! My sister and I NEVER miss an episode of No Reservations and just love your crass style! Keep it real-see you tonight!

  70. Steve Davis on April 23rd, 2010 5:33 pm

    Tony, you were entertaining for maybe one season, the old guy smartass,cynical,asshole routine is played out. The fact that you get paid to bitch on national TV astounds me! Your a nasty sellout and are as shamless as all the jerks on Food Network. Do yourself and America a favor quit!

  71. Killer O'Kane on April 28th, 2010 3:06 pm

    Of course he’s a sellout. We usually call what he did with the Chase Sapphire card, “whoring.”

    I hope he got a happy ending.

    Pity. I used to like the show.

  72. Chris on April 30th, 2010 8:04 pm

    What’s with all these idiots talking about selling out and questioning Tony’s style? Obviously it works and Tony is watched by millions. Personally, I DVR every episode so I won’t miss any. I find him to be very entertaining and the show gives me a long list of places to visit. I just wish I could win some kind of contest, and get to go for myself.
    Tony, keep it up and we’ll keep watching!!

  73. Scott on May 27th, 2010 4:15 pm

    First off, in regards to this sell-out business;
    ANY chef who can make more money than he already is and still be around food without working 70 hour weeks in a 45 degree environment would be crazy not to do it! I’d leave my kitchen for your job INSTANTLY. I say props to getting to travel and eat for a living. ANYWAYS… My question:
    Who are the other two people in that ever so famous picture on the front of Kitchen Confidential? I always wondered that….

  74. Mike on June 3rd, 2010 11:19 pm

    As a foodie and travel writer myself I can say we should all be so talented (and lucky) to succeed in our fields enough to be labeled a sell out.

  75. Rene Rodriguez on June 28th, 2010 10:50 am

    Sell out, hell yes! Come back to Portland, Oregon and do it right!

  76. Elizabeth on July 12th, 2010 10:22 pm

    The day we saw Tony in Detroit, I though, YES! The moment I saw the show where he held out the Chase card, and said, sheepishly, “Let me get this…” and you could see in his face her knew it was wrong but he was whoring it anyway, I knew my hero had turned. Shame on you Tony.

  77. julie on July 26th, 2010 5:17 pm

    Tony,please, please, please do not let these fools in. You eveidently rock or there would not be a No Reservations. I look forward to every Monday night due to your presence. I am from a little town in MO and although I do have excitement in my life, I love to see where you are going next. Stay true to you !!!

  78. Michael McKenzie on July 26th, 2010 10:53 pm

    Still wishing and waiting to see if Tony gets around to reading an email I sent to him through InkWell management. It was a heartfelt THANK you to the chef for encouraging me to shed my waiter’s apron and teaching me how to use a French knife when we wroked together at Nikki & Kelly’s in the 80′s. I’ve gone on to have a fantastic career with stories to tell of my own. (Like Being the appointed chef for His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama for 3 wonderful days). All I really want is to be his best friend forever and make him laugh his as off often!

    Just kidding, seriously all I want is for that note of sincere gratitude to get to him. He changed my life from that point on and I doubt it would have happened with his “Intervention” back in the day. I’ll never know if he receives it without some kind of acknowledgement. InkWell did say they forwarded on to Tony. Some personal assistant probably deleted it.

    I only rememebred a chef named ‘Tony” for sooo many years and watching No Reservations one night I saw him just at the right angle, unshaven, by fireklight, and DRUNK with some Cambodians LOL. THEN and only then did I realize my true-life hero was a damn celebrity!!! Glad I “found” him but Fame sucks when you can’t reach out and re-connect, ya know?

    Anyway, Thanks Tony. You rocked my world back then.

  79. Michael McKenzie on July 26th, 2010 10:54 pm

    God I need to use spell check more often…sorry.

  80. Tom Dupin on July 30th, 2010 6:06 pm

    Just finished “Medium Raw”. He starts by describing a meal with other chefs of ortolan, an endangered birds species. Toward the end he rants about the black market in tiger penises and rhino horns. If some French chef came up with a recipe that incorporated both, no doubt he would describe it as a guilty pleasure. He seems more concerned about teaching his daughter that Ronald McDonald has cooties.
    And in between, relentless name dropping. I think he’s nearing the end of his day in the sun.

  81. John on August 2nd, 2010 10:03 pm

    I actually like Anthony Bourdain. I think it’s great to see someone on TV who doesn’t take themselves too seriously. Watching his show, seeing different places to eat in the world is great, however, seeing someone who speaks, drinks, and actually acts likes the rest of the world is awesome.

  82. Adrea on August 2nd, 2010 11:18 pm

    BouRDAIN : Just thinking : it was more than cocaine : the real WAY of IDEAS ,or just being esnobista,,eres fascinante si es REAL , una perfecta masturbacion intelectual con olores de
    rosemary and after that: FLOWERBOMB…

  83. john on August 4th, 2010 6:24 am

    I’m sitting here and stumbled upon the ” Emeril Green” show. Have’nt watched him in a while since he left the other network.
    He cant even keep a straight face while selling his “green” rhetoric.
    The “great” Emeril sold his arse to Martha S. It’s pathetic watching him now,bordering on nauseating. Emeril Green ..BS .Whats next ? Emeril wearing a Bio-sturdy hemp man-zeer while posing in his new Toyota Prius commercial ?
    Anthony a sellout ? um… no.
    THIS guy is a sellout. My eyes almost bled.

  84. Michael on August 4th, 2010 3:13 pm

    Bourdain has mellowed but not sold out (yet). As he said “He intends to ride this pony, until…”. Can you blame him? In his younger days he was the
    Rebel, party guy, C’mon he’s over 50, for Christ sakes! I’ll always remember his motorcycle venture to Texas/Mexico (I think he had a little Che’ in his heart back then). He’s been there and done that, is he Charles Bukowski, no, but he’s taken us on some pretty neat trips.

    Ride that pony Tony,

    Mr. Mojo Risin

    By the way, I saw Anthony in Louisville Ky, but never had the opportunity to get his book signed, next time I guess?

  85. John Meyer on August 11th, 2010 10:29 pm

    I saw Tony on No Reservation Dubai and it has become more of a travel show, rather than a food show. You had some wanker dining with you in the Gordon Ramsey restaurant, who was an absolute dick.
    What has he got to do with food? While we need banks, they are the bain of our society.
    Apart from my ranting, your shows are great!!

  86. JusdelaPLU on August 21st, 2010 8:28 pm

    this chef is def.. NOT a sellout..!
    he earned his stripes & scarz along the way..
    he’s honest about the life as a cook
    he’s telling the good, the bad and the ugliest of the kitchen… i’m from holland.. and if I translate some line’s from book’s tony has written, they all nodd like its true,and then they laugh with a sighn of recognition..
    great respect to anthony… he’s honest without all the ass-kissin’ in the buisness.. especially in holland..!
    respect from the “lowlands”
    cheers..!
    JuS

  87. steve on August 30th, 2010 10:48 pm

    Tony is just walking through this show. He’ll milk it for as long as he can but it’s time to stop. The behind-the-scenes Kerala show showed us how “No Reservations” has become “Totally Scripted Reservations.” It was dull, as the show has become dull and predictable, partially, because Tony is no longer a chef, he”s a performer who eats… and talks about excrement incessantly…on a food show, for God’s sake!

    Go back to the new Italian wife and kid, Tony, and watch Zimmern. It was a good run.

  88. Priscilla on September 6th, 2010 5:18 pm

    From one straight shooter to another, Hail King Anthony, full of piss and vinegar!!! I love your show, and you are so far from selling out. Lots of haters my friend..you know the deal. No Reservations is my favorite food show…exactly what I love…food, rich culture, regular people, timely libations, and a good “f” bomb where required. Cheers to your success! Priscilla

  89. Blanchard on September 6th, 2010 9:45 pm

    It is the Travel Channel, Folks. The Food Network and The Cooking Channel is where you get recipes!!!!! Duh!!!!!

  90. steve pickett on September 8th, 2010 6:25 am

    I’m reading your newest book-”Medium Raw”… I’m sure Anthony Bourdain himself doesn’t read these, but I don’t give a shit. I’m still going to write this as if I were telling him, this is, after all his website… I am reading the chapter “I lost on top chef.” And I came across the paragraph which states that the quilted giraffe is an important restaurant. I just looked at the menu online and if it is a restaurant worth acknowledgement then they should fire the chef and let the fucking place breathe some new air. The menu looks worse than a retirement home’s. I should say that there are some classics on there though they’re misspelled! Fuckin CHARON SAUCE! I’m just saying. There are a lot of well known restaurants that have taken a swan dive in this country and if these destination points are worth it then save them! It makes me sad to see these things in america. We have a terribly dysfunctional relationship on all fronts with food in this country but even a battered wife gets an apology before she’s kicked in the tits again… I’m finished rambling. Westside

  91. Abe Brizuela on September 15th, 2010 7:26 pm

    yo TONY!…i would have to agree with one of the message board participants, You’ve been to many caribbean islands but you have yet to take a little visit to the “gastronomical” island that is the Dominican Republic…you being from NYC I FOR A FACT KNOW THAT YOU have come across a dominican or twenty LOL…..please do us a grand favor and head down there…we aren’t jamaica or even Puerto Rico….so come and find out our hidden treasures!

  92. someofparts on September 21st, 2010 8:20 am

    Bourdain respects and appreciates working people who know what they are doing. Everything about the show makes that clear. So I plan to keep watching until Mr. B makes enough money to retire.

  93. Pat Crowe on October 3rd, 2010 12:52 pm

    Wow, my mom’s name is Gladys too! And I also believe Iggy and Ramones are the best live acts ever to come out of the States.
    But like all good things, too much is enough. No more fancy restuarants for me, tired of the pretense as much as the expense. I do it better at home 90% of the time for 1/5 the cost and none of the downtown drama.
    Switch up Tony, do a series cooking for your family and friends at home. The real you and yours at home ala Family Jewels. I believe your appeal goes beyond the travel and food and extends to your everyman ability to relate lifes travails in an honest and humorously likable way.

  94. joe on October 5th, 2010 5:03 pm

    If so, he would have submitted to KARAOKE.

  95. Marni on November 27th, 2010 1:09 am

    Hi Tony,
    Really enjoy your program. I do not think you are a sell out. By watching your show I definitely know where I would like to travel to eat.. and where I would not. It’s great how you mix easily with the locals on your trips. Since you appear to be a physically fit man.. How the hell do you keep your weight down with all that rich eating and drinking??? Just curious, when you do a show how long does it take to film it? A week on location? Always seems like one massive eating binge.
    Your show is never boring. Keep up the good work!

  96. Jose Sanchez on December 1st, 2010 8:03 am

    Anthony,I’ve watched all you tv specials.I engoy the street food and markets.You respectfully eat what people worldwide share from their table,I have read all your books,inluding the raw seal. Keep on going

  97. fran on December 22nd, 2010 4:28 am

    Don’t let it bother you! of course you don’t! what the hell does anyone care that you have your own set of standards, and seem to remain true to that greenwich village thing, you do so well. I commend you for making a living at it. I,m still who I thought I was, just older and mellower too. I just wish I could make some cash with my own irony! Wake up everyone and smell the bagels!! What a grand memory. You can’t get too real for me! pinkatak in alaska, far far from home.

  98. Charles R. Wilkins Jr on December 26th, 2010 3:03 pm

    Hello, Anthony my girlfriend and I do not think you are a sell out we love to watch you show to see what you are going to say next. We have also both read your books and enjoyed them very much. The things you say are histerical. Although we are a little confused. We tried to get tickets to your show in Redbank N.J. and the tickets were going for over $200.00 a piece. Not that you are not worth it but, it is hard for a working couple to pay that much just for 2 tickets. That does not include food or travel. I work in the restaurant business I am a cook / bar back / waiter. Maybe next time you are on tour around here again the tickets can be more affordable. Thank you we are and will be big fans of yours.
    Chuck and Sandy

  99. Madeline Cantillon on February 10th, 2011 6:15 pm

    I just finished Kitchen Confidential. You know why he’s a sellout? Because he trashes “Celebrity Chefs” and when his book was a hit and he was approached to do a show ($$$), he sold out! PS: On this site the first descriptive word is “Celebrity Chef” under his picture.

  100. Linda Hughes on February 12th, 2011 11:07 pm

    This person and his ilk are best described
    in this article:
    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/03/the-moral-crusade-against-foodies/8370/

    I expect none of you to comprehend the lack of
    soul, humility, humanity, or common sense of so-called ‘foodies’.
    I can only say that if one’s obsession in life
    is the most basic human instinct, the square one
    of existence, you gotta long way to go, baby.

  101. Manuel Rodriguez on February 23rd, 2011 8:09 pm

    Hey Anthony I’m Dominican from NYC and saw you in Easton PA and didn’t get a chance to ask you when are you going to The Dominican Republic?

  102. david y on February 26th, 2011 9:19 pm

    love your books.love your shows.there are only three chefs in the world who”s food i would love to eat.yours.emerils.mario batalis.as for being a sell out what a joke.

  103. Jessy Andre Thomas on March 7th, 2011 2:53 pm

    Gotta agree asna 2nd gereration Dominican and youve been to every Island and done it well , why not Dominican Republic, I couldnt help to think did they fly in through Port a Prince to get to Haiti or the Dominican Republic. We have food culture like no other, A huge chinatown, African American Community in Samana, Cocolo community in San Pedro de Marcoris and Santo Domingo, the 1st Church in the New World, Jewish immigrants in Sousa, a Punk Merengue scene, its so diverse, gostronomically ,your missing out. Sancocho, Mondongo,Mangu,Coconut juice,Sugar Cane Juice,Pasteles,Empanadas with Guava, Chicharron like no others not even Puerto Rico and Lechon like no others, Pork tony??? you love roasted pork with hard skin on the outside….red golden brown? You need to check out DR, we are all different to some into hip hop,rock, punk, merengue, bachata, etc..We have all types of religions, Catholic, other Afro Tradicionailes, Jewish, Muslim, Mormon, there is a Dominican republic outside of the Resorts! even Stones fans, come on down Tony!

  104. Sara Major on March 17th, 2011 12:43 pm

    Why even bother discussing whether or not someone is a sellout?
    People clearly enjoy his presence, and TV is just a vehicle to make that experience accessible to more people.
    I tried to read his fiction, it’s not for me.
    But why beat up on someone because they have this strange unexplainable success?
    Is he a sellout? Yes, no, who cares.

    I like to watch his show sometimes because I can identify.

  105. Donna on March 28th, 2011 9:05 pm

    Anthony Bourdain maybe cocky at times but is not afraid to live life to the fullest. He is adventurest and dives right into the unknown. His sarcastic and witty attitude is what makes his show watchadle. Tony I think you’re an ass sometimes but I can not help but watch your show. I hope you have more interesting and bizarre episodes to come, love ya, sorta, maybe not.
    Donna

  106. xesar on March 29th, 2011 6:06 pm

    @Jessy Andre Thomas you wish the lechon over there was better then in puerto rico look at bizzare foods in puerto rico

  107. Mike Kappes on April 19th, 2011 10:55 pm

    Just saw Antony on HLN Joy Beharr show He is an arrogant prick like his show but he is really an arrogant New York prick!!

  108. Chuck on April 22nd, 2011 6:42 pm

    I’m not sure people really know what a “sell out” is anymore. I guess it comes from a feeling of being betrayed or disappointed in some way. People once thought Bob Dylan “sold out” when he simply changed the way he told a story. I’d rather call it evolution. Like all the greats, Tony reinvents himself. He takes something old, puts his mark on it, and it becomes something greater than the sum of its parts. He would probably scoff at my notion that it’s art on the same level as Andy Warhol, but I really enjoy his show. Tony takes us everywhere from a 5 star French restaurant in Paris, to a hole-in-the-wall-dive-bar on the East Side on NY….and it’s all good…Thanks Tony wherever you are, and continued success in whatever you do….

  109. Matias on April 23rd, 2011 2:31 am

    Man, loved the New Orleans episode (2007); just saw it today (2011). For however many seasons this show’s been on the air, most shows were very entertaining and, frequently, brilliant. Hats off to people in New Orleans and Bourdain. I honestly hope to someday move down there, and its not just because I love good food and jazz –there are underlying reasons why all that magical goodness exists that are perfectly exposed in this episode.

  110. Shirley on April 24th, 2011 4:00 pm

    Anthony, a sellout? Please.

    An unapologetic original with an intelligent and unvarnished opinion. Thanks for being yourself dude. Keep up the great work!

  111. Huck on May 31st, 2011 10:33 am

    I liked his first tv show ‘A Cook’s Tour’. He made smartass and sarcastic comments, he dressed like a bum and he smoked. Now that was a show! The commercialised crap he does now is disgusting!

  112. Jack Turner on May 31st, 2011 12:27 pm

    Come on, give me a frickin’ break! Bourdain’s honesty is so genuine that it scares me! Ok, Tony is no angel, agreed, but anyone that intentionally pokes fun at himself and draws as much unnecessary attention to his’ own idiosyncrasies and often shortcommings as Anthony does, definetly has made the case of imperfection. A “sell out”!??? Please…get a life

  113. Kathy Sleigh on August 18th, 2011 9:43 pm

    Re: PAUL Deen’s Cusine. Not sure if this is the proper venue to make a comment on an article I read about Anthony Bourdains feelings on Paula Deen’s expertise and cooking technique so I just kept following the links.

    It is a sad day when one chef obviously feels threatened by another chef to feel the need to critique there style of cooking. Southern cooking isn’t for everyone, that’s for sure. However, she has a group of comitted followers that admire her and her talent for “real” Southern cooking. It doesn’t matter if the Cholesterol, sodium,butter,or sugar content meet your criteria as a chef.

    As the old saying goes, if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all, should be something each chef should aquire so there isn’t hard feelings amoung those who have a given talent for cooking in a certain style.

    I have Southern blood pumping through my veins and I was offended by your comments Anthony Bourdain. I am a home cook, and dare anyone to challenge my style of cooking, therefore, I will defend Paula Deen to express herself and I’m sure she isn’t going to change one thing she does that has been extremely successful, to make you happy.

    Regretful Regards,
    Kathy Sleigh

  114. betty mccarney on August 19th, 2011 5:10 pm

    i very rarely watch your show you ‘arrogant pig”
    you are overrated as a “chef’ and a complete snob when it comes to ‘american cuisine” you brag about
    having “latinos’ in your kitchen as if they are the only people who can cook in “america” i have worked in restaurants my whole life and owned my own restaurant for years.my “chef’ al campos was from costa rica who served in the “us airforce” during the korean war was proud to be an “american’ who came to this country legally and was a “sky chef” for american airlines not like some of the shitass cooks who work in your “overpriced mediocre”restaurant in new york .HOW DARE YOU CRITICIZE A GREAT SOUTHERN LADY LIKE “PAULA DEEN”!!! SHE IS TRUE AMERICAN AND A GREAT CHEF . i would rather eat great food in america “southern/comfort/italian/asian than some of the garbage you eat overseas and also serve in your “so-called’ restaurant

  115. Jean D. on August 19th, 2011 8:21 pm

    I love both Paula Deen and Anthony Bourdain, but if I were to chose sides, HANDS DOWN ANTHONY without a doubt. He is more knowledgeable about cultural cuisines and has more respect for them, whereas Paula, her thoughts of “multi cultural” cuisine is from her narrow mindedness, meaning, black, hispanic, european, that’s it. I’m sure Rachael Ray had something to do with all this hoopla. YOU GO ANTHONY!!! YOU’VE GOT A WHOLE LOT OF US ON YOUR SIDE! Anthony tells it like it is, POINT BLANK.

  116. Steve on August 21st, 2011 7:01 pm

    He is a sell out and he must be back on drugs to slam Paula. Maybe he should try to keep his own place clean enough to stay open instead of getting closed down for health violations.

  117. Cookie on August 22nd, 2011 8:06 am

    Leave Paula Deen alone-she is a real human being who has worked in the trenches of her own lunch delivery service and various family restaurants. She is beloved in the South. She knows how to laugh at herself which is more than we can say for you, Mr. Snotty Remark Bourdain. So, she loves butter and uses it liberally; at least she is genuine, which is more than we can say for you. I guess in the cooking world, those who have retired because they can’t or don’t want to cook anymore, become critics with humongous egos, who underestimate the value of “keeping it real.”

  118. Cassandra Perez on August 23rd, 2011 5:43 pm

    Tony, point blank, you are the shit. I remember after watching your show when it first came out, I watched every episode faithfully. You inspired me to study abroad and write a blog everyday and about every country I went to. While studying abroad recently, my friends and I would go out to eat in every country we went to and act like we were living the “Anothony Bourdain” life hahaha. The book rocks, show rocks, your life rocks, and can’t wait to see you when you come to the Indiana University Auditorium to speak! That’s so awesome by the way!!!
    Cheers,
    Cassandra

  119. Hernando Tovar on September 19th, 2011 12:56 pm

    Dear Mr Bourdain, my english is not very good. Thanks for the weekly culinary journey. I invite you to visit my city, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. A fascinating city from the perspective of the family, ancestral roots and the flavors are a superior blend of good food. Meats, fish, seafood and soups are a real fantasy. I hope to have some time on your next road through South America.
    Brgds
    Hernando Tovar

  120. Dr.David G. on October 28th, 2011 7:28 am

    This is not written out of envy, although, truth to tell – who wouldn’t be envious of someone with a gig like yours ?

    Your various series are quite original in approach and for the most part, very entertaining. My sincere compliments to you on that level. But what sets you apart is your shameless pimping for the tobacco industry. Or is it prostituting? Or both?Take your choice.

    You, and the many millions of morons like yourself – believe that (a) it can’t happen to them and, (b) even if it does, they, like the malignancy-stricken (almost all of them) Marlboro Men say that in any case “they’ll die happy.”

    As an oncologist who has seen all too many such as you – they shiver, they shake, lament, pray, blame God and whoever they can – but none, not a single one will say “it was good while it lasted.”

    Your constant studied, seemingly rehearsed and out of context smoke-in-mouth poses, no doubt delight Big Tobacco. To some oncologists, you are a dream in the making. Big bucks long-tern until the usually inevitable end. But to me, you and others like yourself are an ever-present nightmare of obsessive-compulsive self-destruction.

    It will be interesting to see how cool you will behave if, as and when. Laugh it off while your voice-box lasts . . . .

  121. Vrede Orlacson on October 29th, 2011 3:26 pm

    I thought Tony Bourdain had more integrity then to appear as a guest judgy of Padma’s top chef reality series…He now has no footing to complain about the actions of any other chef because when he joined that crew of judges in my mind…HE SOLD OUT! I always thought of Tony as an anti celebrity chef prototype but obviously, bucks or bucks, so Tony stop criticizing Paula Dean.

  122. George on November 1st, 2011 9:10 am

    Bordain is an insult to genuine pimps. A street whore is not a “sell-out” – she sells herself night after night just like Bourdain in each TV installment as sucks his life away, due to, and I quote his own words: “mighty fine tobacco.”

    Big Tobacco pays big bucks to their whores to suck their wares in public. Will the payoff Bourdain no doubt receives for his heroic Marlboro-Man poses let him buy time from the Grim Reaper? Take a guess.

    Bourdain and his masters share responsibility for more death and disaster than war criminals and terrorists. Over four hundred thousand ANNUAL deaths in the U.S. alone and more than five million globally – each and every year.

    Please don’t disgrace real pimps or whores if calling him by that name.

  123. Pappo on November 3rd, 2011 1:16 am

    “George” is right on the money ! According to a member of his own crew – Bourdain smokes three packs a day and can barely distinguish the difference between sweet and sour. No surprise considering that his tobacco-ravaged taste buds cannot possibly function.

    As a supposed food critic, he is a fake even though both talented and entertaining. But as a man with the sweetest job in the world – whose prime joy seems to be preparing his own grave smoke by smoke? – an almost unbelievable fool.

  124. Kristina L. on December 4th, 2011 6:15 am

    Absolutely not. Whoever said he did needs to shut the fuck up.

    If you think Anthony Bourdain is a sell out you…you are seriously stupid.

  125. OlyS on December 7th, 2011 10:53 pm

    Sell out? Don’t you have to have start with a soul in order to lose it? He’s an asshole, people. He both plays one on tv and is one in person. I can’t wait until people have no idea who he ever was or why anyone bothered listening to his overplayed, repetitive drivel.

  126. Terry J Pratt on December 13th, 2011 1:11 pm

    XMAS show. Samantha Brown was excellent as was “most” of the show. Give up the film noir, dark hallways of the ACE hotel, you staring into the cozmos.Food Food and yes travel. Bogart your not.

  127. Alka Selzer on December 13th, 2011 11:15 pm

    Olys,
    Most chefs, the mediocre ones like Bourdain, the French trained ones that think their profession is special, are all the same, got one in the family. Drug use, Mexican staff the backbone of the restrautants business? You betcha. That is nothing new most people who work around the business know and anyone who pays attention when they eat out. If there isn’t a subway system, check the back of the place, see those bicycles? Guess who ride those to work? If you saw the prep work, the pre-assembled salads sitting around, my guess is you would eat home alot more. Guess I should have written a book.
    Problem, I find it all rather sad and depressing. So, a sell out? A sellout from what? Seemed to be a natural move, just like Jerry Springer, Howard Stern, I lump them all together.

  128. Captain Daniel Deveau on December 16th, 2011 4:44 pm

    Ex soldier, world traveler, musician and generally cynical, I’ve found a kindred spirit in Tony. I’m listening to Medium Raw as we speak. A more honest, self deprecating journal you’ll never read. Cooking skill as with skill in any art is only part of the package. Don’t tell me that Madonna can sing. She’s a fucking gazillionaire. Is she a sellout? No one questions the release of one of her efforts. In Tony’s case,while I’m sure the twisted bastard can cook rings around 99.9% of us mere humans, it’s his honest appraisal of an industry that is part of all of our lives that is his most amazing attribute. Bravo. This man, if he ever drags his skinny ass to Kelowna, is welcome at my table anytime.

    Dan Deveau

  129. LoanStarz - better on December 17th, 2011 9:38 pm

    Last weeks, LayOver Miami, was a clear example of a man-boy who refuses to mature and find his adult voice. He was a douche (by his own admission) from beginning to end. As a result, they couldn’t use any of the first nights shooting. So bad they couldn’t use it. Blank, nada for 12-15 hours. Grow up, anthonY! Please.

    Somehow, Anthony still thinks has to compete with 20-30 somethings for being the biggest asshat on the block.

    He has shown glimpses of his beginning to mature and loose the snarkiness that was kinda hip and cool 15-20 years ago. But then he goes off, and keeps trying to be that guy 15 years ago. It just doesn’t look so good on a guy in his 50′s.

    Oh, unless what he really wants to do is keep pushing street food. Where we can find out all the places that serve tubuliar meat after 1am when we’re piss drunk. How cool is that? Just what I want to know.

    And this is a guy that gave me THE BEST and most memorable road cooking show Ive seen with his Bayou Cajun Pork cookout show.

    What are you going to do Anthony?

  130. Kunal Sinha on January 10th, 2012 1:37 pm

    I have been following Anthony’s shows ever since I accidentally stumbled on a No Reservations show in Russia (where he plans a revenge on his friend).
    I think it is ultimately his personality that makes it work – unabashed, unchanged, but a great respect for local cultures.
    I then picked up his book “Nasty Bits” from the library. Did not go beyond two chapters (was too disorganized, had no singular story to tell). Yet, something still told me that Kitchen Confidential would be good. I read that, almost in one shot, and have my own copy of it.
    On the subject of “has he sold out”, well if that is the way you get to see more of him, I am glad he did!

  131. Maarten on January 14th, 2012 8:11 pm

    I don’t know if he is a sell out, he probably is since he is definetely a fuckin’ hypocrite. I just saw an item tv about his comments on Paula Deen. Like Anthony’s smoking and drinking are healthy. I’m not a Deen fan nor a Bourdain fan but it is just plain ridiculous to call Paula Deen “most dangerous”. After all you have (1) a choice to watch her show and (2) a choice to recreate her recipes. I would reserve the term for the religious nutcases that the word is full off. i also would expect remarks like this from teenager going through puberty. Anthony doesn’t seem to have done a lot of growing up. Today he went from a person that I somewhat admired to somebody I despise. Sad . Hope he comes around !

  132. James on January 19th, 2012 2:49 pm

    Gee, nothing on TV, flipped on AB the Blow Toad, once again downing wine and booze, “Why the French don’t Suck”, eating some lunch, waxing poetic, full of butter and cream, enough food for two, he loves it. Gee I love eating a stick of butter. What is this guy’s talentless talent? Ah, cigarettes, booze, pricey food that taste so well because of the butter, cream and am I sure Extra Virgin Olive oil. He needs to grow up.

    Can’t fault him, a below middle of the road chef from what I can tell and laughing all the way to the bank.

    He seems quick on the tongue to voice his options against the other TV chefs, guess he is the only one worth watching.

    Problem? Watching AB is like watching Flo from those Progressive ads.

  133. Frank Olberts on January 20th, 2012 2:37 pm

    If he would make tv everybody likes and he would quit making cynical remarks. He doesn’t. Then i would not consider him a sell-out.

  134. William Leslie Douglas on January 25th, 2012 2:53 pm

    Is Bourdain a sellout? Of course! But he hates himself for it. Why else would he attack Paula Deen in the manner he does, taking her to task for many of the same “sellout” characteristics? Hypocrite!

  135. Braden Way on February 25th, 2012 9:30 pm

    Tony,
    I think the sell out thing is over used in every sense. It’s a small group of greedy and sad people that want to keep things to themselves and say to their ” hip” friends I know that guy, band, movie etc… More to the point my son and I watch your shows on the Travel Channel and he saw Crif dogs on your layover and wanted to go. So for his 9th birthday we surprised him with train tickets to New York from Virginia and made the trip. Awesome is all I can say. Now he wants Pho in Hanoi and I hope I can do that for him. If you’re selling out than we’ll keep buying!
    b

  136. JohnDoe on March 9th, 2012 12:19 am

    I regret to say that the few clips I have seen of Anthony’s shows have been very disappointing. He is a self-serving loud-mouthed Idiot. Of course he is a “sell-out”, that’s all he knows how to do. I wish the Travel Channel could find something else to broadcast. There are millions of people who travel about the globe, and they could only find this buffoon? Please!

  137. Pamela Crone on March 27th, 2012 11:53 pm

    hey Tony, have you ever been to Belize Central America yet? If you haven’t then you need to come. Lots to see, many cultures, and lots of lovely flavours: There is European,Menonite, Garifuna, American, Creole,Mestizo, Mayan, and so much more. There are mountains, reef, ponds, caves, ruins, flora and fauna, fishes , etc. Please do let me know…

  138. justin on May 1st, 2012 2:39 am

    Whoever thinks he is a sellout put yourself in his shoes and ask yourself self what to do? I think we would all do the same. I know I would.

  139. Genevieve Coelho on May 17th, 2012 8:44 pm

    Hi Tony
    Have you been to Goa – India . It was a portuguese colony in India It has beautiful white sand beaches , wonderful portuguese colonial architecture and a delicious fusion indian-portuguese cuisine. Hope one day you decide visiting my birthplace . I would love to show you around

    Bye

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  141. AF Whigs on September 14th, 2012 7:38 am

    Wow. So a chef who cooks professionally for 25 years, including many at the well-regaurded Les Halles – is considered undistinguished and untalented? Just because he didn’t aspire to own a chain of restaurants and become a celebrity chef and “only” chose to work in the NYC scene and become the executive chef at a French restaurant, thus practicing his chosen craft at a high level, doesn’t mean he’s “untalented”. Go ahead, any of you who dismiss him so easily, work on the line at a busy restaurant. It’s hard work and it’s not easy to develop the skill and consistancy needed to succeed. So yeah, just go ahead and dismiss him.

    I can understand that AB isn’t for everyone. However what he brings to the travel genre – both tv and his writing – is a refreshing willingness, openness and respect for local cultures. I find that his writing – including the voiceovers on No Reservations – is often moving, affecting, thoughtful and inspiring.

    Yes, he’s a guy who gets paid to travel and eat. So what? There are countless people who get paid too much to do little or nothing and produce nothing of worth. AB is not in that category.

    He fills that job in as entertaining and artful a way as he can, and I respect him for that. It’s good stuff.

    If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. To me his success is well earned and he deserves it.

  142. Jules on October 31st, 2012 12:23 pm

    People who jump on the sell-out wagon are typically jealous at some level. Keep bangin’ out the good shit, Tony.

  143. Chris Hampel on November 16th, 2012 4:01 am

    I like him a lot.
    But I will stop watching if he’s going to break into the news. And start giving us his spin on politics and the news.
    American people are sick of celebrities telling us what they think about politics.
    I sure hope he sticks to food and entertaining us.

  144. Jammyd on November 22nd, 2012 8:40 pm

    anyone who has consumed the amount of drugs as he has claimed, and suffered the limitations of American network telly and come through it musn’t really give a shit what anyone thinks, and for that i will always be in awe ( plus he makes damned good telly and is as cool as fuck)

  145. Ben Angwin on January 7th, 2013 7:47 am

    Tony,

    I really want to go and see your appearance with Roy Choi on April 16th.

    I live within five blocks of two of Roy’s places, A-Frame, one of my regualar spots and the Alibi Room, the Kogi stationary kitchen.

    But, honestly, I cannot afford the ticket price, even for the back of the back. Currently I am a bar back at a well known gastro pub in West LA. I do not make enough money to afford the “Broadway,” ticket prices at the Pantages.

    If I didn’t ask, I would get nothing, so I am asking now. If I might get a hook-up for someone who has worked in the biz for over 8 years.

    I would not ask this if I could afford it. But I ask with the most humility if there is some way I could get a cheaper ticket from you. Even standing in the back.

    -Ben Angwin
    bangwin@cal.berkeley.edu

  146. Frank on January 26th, 2013 10:17 pm

    The taste is opposite of everything he represents!!! SELL OUT!!!

  147. sage on February 3rd, 2013 1:08 pm

    HE SOLD OUT. The modern American way. Bitch about everybody and say how real you are….THEN when you get the money, buy a cute wife, quit smoking, sell your soul to packaged tv. He’s just another hypocrite.

  148. Say What on April 13th, 2013 6:37 pm

    Don’t you have to have talent to being with to be able to sell out? Smoking your brains out, male bar fly, stuffing your face. is no talent and no way to go thru life.

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